In this one day class students will learn how to turn branches & blanks into spoons, and will carve at least one wooden spoon. Students will start out learning about green woodworking tools, and will also take a walk in the woods to learn how to spot ideal wood for making spoons. The class will cover blank prep, axe, and knife use/safety, and how to design spoons with the user in mind. Students will leave with a specialized knowledge of how work the raw materials to a roughed state, and then be guided on how to “finish” carve the spoons and apply a suitable finish.
About the Instructor:
Mike Cundall builds furniture, and carves his lovely wooden bowls & spoons out of his home workshop in North Carolina. He is also a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina A&T. He also teaches bowl and spoon carving at the John C. Campbell Folk School. He loves hanging out with his wife and three sons, and practicing the Japanese martial art of Aikido.
Materials Fee & Required Tools:
The class material fee for the class is $25, and is payable to the instructor before or on the day of the class. Students are encouraged to purchase their own spoon carving tools before this class, but a few extra sets of tools will be available for those who are unable to bring their own. Below are recommended tools (we can recommend tools brands if needed, and students of our school receive a discount from Lee Valley/Veritas & Lie-Nielsen):
- Hook knife
- Carving knife
- Carving axe/hatchet
How to Get Here & Where to Stay:
The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.
Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:
A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students.