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Spoon Carving Intensive (all gender/no gender)

  • 06 March 2023
  • 17 April 2023
  • 6 sessions
  • 06 March 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 20 March 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 27 March 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 03 April 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 10 April 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 17 April 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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  • These seats are reserved for BIPOC students wishing to pay for registration based on Fireweed's micro-reparations pricing strategy.


Many spoon carvers struggle with how to safely and efficiently make a beautiful short spoon. Learn to simultaneously make two 5-inch pocket spoons using this unconventional double-blank technique. Called the “gullwing” method, it was created by teaching artist Liesl Chatman and is designed for safety, minimum wood waste, and carving with reduced hand strength. The method starts with simultaneously profiling two 5” spoons, laid end-to-end in one billet of wood, forming a “gullwing” shape. Next, after using a template for the plane view, the bowls are hollowed out while the two spoons are still connected. After additional shaping with the axe, the spoons can be separated and finishing work including chamfers and facets can be completed.

In her teaching, Liesl focuses on mindfulness and creating a trusting learning community. In the first part of this class, students will use a basswood billet, so there is no need to concentrate on keeping greenwood moist and hands won’t become fatigued. The technique also transfers well to greenwood and in the second half of the class, students may purchase blanks to repeat the process with greenwood. Students should have prior experience with spoon carving and/or taken a beginning spoon carving class. Liesl is a queer teacher and all genders are welcomed.  

The materials fee for this class is $35 and is included in the admission cost. Materials include a double  basswood billet and a spoon template as well as a mini instruction booklet. Although Fireweed  tools are available for use during class, it is recommended that students bring their own carving axes, sloyd knives, and small folding saws.

Taught by Liesl Chatman (@rivchicawarrior)



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