Sloyd Spoon Carvingwith Peter Follansbee
August 19-20, 2017
Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)
Materials Fee: None
Required Tools: See Below
Total cost is $275; no Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 14 people.
Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.
To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $125 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.
In this course master joiner and green woodworker Peter Follansbee will demonstrate how to carve unique wooden spoons from fresh-cut hardwoods.
This workshop will cover the various aspects of green wood spoon carving, with special emphasis on safe and efficient use of axes and knifes, and discussion of the design choices involved in making a spoon both attractive and highly functional. Peter will also go over the Sloyd method of final treatment, from painting to chip carving, and show students how to add their own slant to the spoons they create.
About the Instructor
Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproduction furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching the craft at schools around the USA, Peter co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander. He is also featured in five Lie-Nielsen DVDs:
Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.
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.
Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.
Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.
- A good quality set of carving knives is recommended. We will offer a set of carving tools hand forged by blacksmith Nic Westermann. 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. If you would like to purchase these knives prior to the class, please call: 800-327-2520.
- Carving Axe (for rough shaping)
- 12" Langsner Froe
- Heavy Hardwood Club (used for hitting the Froe; can be made from a tree limb)
Recommended Sharpening Supplies
- A Genuine Horse Butt Leather Strop (Available from Tools for Working Wood)
- Herbs Yellowstone Honing Compound (Available through Amazon)