Green woodworking is a very unique form of woodworking although not a new one. With origins that predate modern machinery and manufactured tools the techniques go back to much earlier times. Beginning with woods raw from: whole trees which are still green or wet with moisture. Hand tools typically, an axe and knife, can easily cut and shape the wood to make a multitude of useful objects. The list of objects made through out history and across cultures thought the world in this way are so numerous, that it would be impossible to list them all. But within this spirit…will be the focus of this 5 day class.

Today there is a growing interest in getting back to the simple roots of woodworking and this workshop is designed to give participants the foundational skills that can serve as the basic foundations of further developing technique, understanding, and the ethos of green woodworking.

With an inspiration base rooted in the rural country woodworking traditions from Sweden and Scandinavia called slöjd, we will be mainly using only the axe and knife. We will focus not just the simple forms of spoons and shrink pots, but a refined aesthetic that blends a deep understanding of the nature of wood and its characteristics but also the tools and techniques used to create them.




Class Description

The wooden spoon is fast becoming the iconic green woodworking project. We will focus on the tradition of the finely made eating spoon, but will also carve butter spreaders and if time allows larger ladles and cooking spoons. The little known shrink pot or krympburkar is also a great project to explore and exploit the moist state of the wood. We will hollow green wood tubes and fit dry wooden bases to them. When the wet tubes shrink they lock onto the base pieces and make a unique container that predates coopered vessels.

Throughout the class there will be many short lectures, demonstrations and guided practice sessions such as; where to acquire and how to care for and sharpen your tools, refining your technique with the knife and axe, understanding wood and ‘grain’, the many facets of good design, and splitting and cutting theory to name a few. As well as a photo presentation from Jarrod’s travels and research to Sweden. He will also be bringing most of his personal collection of wooden spoons for makers around the world. 

We will also explore varies forms of decoration on the spoons and pots we make. This will include: chip carving, engraving, kolrosing, mixing, making and using milk paint, egg tempera, and oil paint, all mixed with natural earth pigments, types of finishes, etc…

What our students say...

"Jarrod's expertise and humility were outstanding...nearly every sentence out of Jarrod's mouth was thoughtful and insightful."

"It's satisfying to make useful everyday objects in a relatively short amount of time."

"I think green woodworking is the best way to understand how wood works - where it comes from in the tree, how it moves, how grain works, etc. It's also a great way to interact with wood without having a big shop or tool set. It makes wood immediate and understandable."

"I didn't know I didn't know how to use a knife! I loved learning all the different grips and body mechanics of carving with sloyd knives."


You are not required to bring any tools for this course.


This course is appropriate for all levels. 

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $ 775

Materials Charge: $ 50

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.