Spoons, Spatulas, and Spreaders! (SOLD OUT)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Spoons, Spatulas, and Spreaders! (SOLD OUT)

Tuesdays March 9, 16, 23, 30 (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CT) with Jess Hirsch

Level of Instruction
This class is for continuing beginners or those with some carving experience. Participant age 12 and up (Under 18 accompanied by an Adult).
$200.00 Members
$200.00 Non-members

Do you want everything in your kitchen to be handmade? This class is a great start! Learn how to carve a cooking spoon, spatula, and spreader (for butter/soft cheese, etc.) from wood using traditional Nordic carving techniques. This four-week class focuses on knife skills and carving greenwood. We will talk about design and function while getting a better understanding of wood. Because this is a multi-week class, you can practice on your own time and join each session ready for feedback (although homework is not required). 

Together, we will go through safe knife holds and the steps to carve safely and efficiently. Carving is just as safe as cooking at home. Students only need good hand strength and flexibility to carve their own woodenware.

Please wear pants and close-toed shoes.

If you're completely new to carving, consider also taking Introduction to Spoon Carving


This class includes a kit with a Morakniv 120 carving knife, a Morakniv 164 hook carving knife, spoon blanks, sandpaper, oil, a wooden strop and honing compound for sharpening your knives, and carving gloves (a $100 value). Kits will be shipped to students and will have everything you need to continue carving, long after the class.  If you are left-handed, please email jtorkelson@vesterheim.org to make sure we get you the right tools!

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact jtorkelson@vesterheim.org when you register for more information. 

Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.

Enrollment Deadline: February 26, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Jess Hirsch

Jess Hirsch

Jess Hirsch is a sculptor and craftsperson living in Minneapolis. Her craft focuses on sloyd, a Scandinavian hand craft, with an interest in greenwood working. Hirsch is the founder of Fireweed Community Woodshop, empowering women and non-binary woodworkers through the art of woodcraft. She has traveled to Sweden to study with Beth Moen and Stefan Norgaard through the American Scandinavian Foundation’s Craft Grant. She is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Art grant to study sloyd with Jim Sannerud. She loves to make spoons, bowls, and the occasional chair when she is not teaching.