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Spoon Carving for First-Timers (for women and marginalized genders)

  • 14 January 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)
  • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed-shoes, as we are going to make some wood chips!

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This class is taught by Katie Speckman.

Katie learned how to carve spoons about 5 years ago in this very class taught by Jess Hirsch. Although carving was something she always wanted to learn, Katie was initially apprehensive. She was told by her family that she wouldn't be able to handle an axe or a hatchet because those tools were far too dangerous and that this was something for old men to do who have already been whittling all their lives. Definitely not a growth mindset! Katie took her first class, joined carving groups online, and watched a ton of YouTube videos. She's been loving making spoons ever since. Katie finds spoon carving to be a great way to destress, be creative, and make something unique and useful to keep or give away.

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Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $65,  but we have a $55 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $75. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials and consumables fee of $26.

The materials fee for this class is $20 and is included in the admission cost.

Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

*** This class is limited to 9 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

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