Swedish Spoon Carving

Green Woodworking



Spoon carving is quickly becoming the one of the most iconic green woodworking object in the world today and rightfully so. With a very simple tool kit: a sharp axe and knife and the fine lined eating spoon which is a deceptively simple looking project. Folks find them selves seriously addicted to spoon carving always chasing the perfect design. The subtle curves and fairly strict design requirements make this a great project for both the beginner and the experienced.

With an inspiration base rooted in the rural country woodworking traditions from Sweden and Scandinavia called slöjd and mainly using only the axe and knife. We will focus not just the simple forms of spoons, 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

We’ll start with green “wet” wood and with a focus on proper knife and axe technique explore the many variations of the eating spoon. 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 of makers around the world.

This workshop will have something for everyone whether you’ve never carved a spoon or have carved a hundred.


You are not required to bring any tools for this course. The tool set for this course is fairly simple. If you would like information about recommended carving knives, you can contact Jarrod at jarrod@woodspirithandcraft.com


This course is open to 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: $300
Materials Charge: $ 30

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. 


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