Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Spoons and Shrink Pots


Scandinavian Green Woodworking

Carving Spoons, Shrink Pots, Coat Hooks and More...


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. The raw or green wood is  moist and taken from whole trees. 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 throughout history and across cultures are so numerous, that it would be impossible to list them all. 

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 basis of further developing technique, understanding, and the ethos of green woodworking.

With an inspiration rooted in the rural country woodworking traditions from Sweden and Scandinavia called slöjd, we'll mainly use an axe and a knife. We'll focus not just on 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, as well as the tools and techniques used to create them.




Class Description

So many of the objects that we use in daily life can be made from the different parts of a freshly harvested tree.

In this course participants will receive full immersion into carving greenwood with hand tools. We'll learn to use a slojd knife, an axe, and other tools, to make chopsticks, butter spreaders, cutting boards, coat hooks from limbs, salt spoons, eating spoons, and other cooking utensils. We'll also learn to make canisters using the shrink box technique as well as small cups and bowls. We'll explore decoration techniques including chip carving, kolrosing, painting, and oil finishing.

During this 5-day session there will be ample time for discussions, demonstrations and guided practice sessions. Topics covered will include acquiring and caring for tools, refining knife and axe technique, understanding wood and grain, exploring the many facets of good design, as well as splitting and cutting theory. There will be a photo presentation of Jarrod’s work and research in Sweden, a display of his wooden spoon collection, and a selection of his handcraft. Enjoy a week in the woodshop immersed in the many possibilities of GREEN WOOD. 

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.


Please note this course is open to all levels, but requires a basic amount of hand strength, stamina, and focus to be able to complete the projects listed. Being able to open a sealed jar is an example of basic hand strength.

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day in Building 315.
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.