Sloyd Spoon Carving

with Peter Follansbee

This class is FULL, please call to be wait-listed: 800-327-2520.
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Sloyd Spoon Carving

with Peter Follansbee

May 10-11, 2014 (9am-4pm)


In this workshop, Peter Follansbee will show you how to make truly one-of-a-kind spoons from freshly-cut hardwoods. Students will split apart small bolts of limb-wood, then begin to rough out the shape of their spoon with a hatchet. A “sloyd” knife will follow, working the refined overall shape. For hollowing the spoon’s bowl, students will learn the use of specialized hook knives. The workshop will cover various aspects of green-wood spoon carving - with special emphasis on the safe and efficient use of the axes and knives, and the design choices involved in making a spoon that is both attractive and highly functional.

About the Instructor

Peter Follansbee is a joiner at the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he has worked as a researcher and furniture-maker since 1994. He specializes in carving, relief, joinery and other techniques from the 17th century. Peter has been spoon-carving since 1988, learning how to make Swedish-style spoons from Jogge Sundqvist and his father, Wille, and Drew Langsner.

Tool List

Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. Although, we will not provide tools to use for this class, you may bring your own or purchase carvings tools from us.

Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

  • We recommend using a good quality set of carving knives. We will offer a set of carving tools hand forged by a Blacksmith in Wales. The set will cost $264, which includes a hook knife (left or right handed option available) for forming the bowl of the spoon, and a straight knife for carving the exterior (as shown in picture below).
  • Wetterlings Carving Axe-will work nicely for the rough shaping. The axe will cost $135.

Registration Information

Cost is $250, lunch included. Limited to 15 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

This class is FULL, please call to be wait-listed: 800-327-2520, $100 nonrefundable deposit required at registration, full payment required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.