Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Sloyd Spoon Carving

with Peter Follansbee

July 21 - 22 , 2018

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Sloyd Spoon Carving

with Peter Follansbee

July 21-22, 2018

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Materials Fee: None

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

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. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you at this time. For more information call oremail 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 seven Lie-Nielsen DVDs:

  • 17th Century New England Carving
  • 17th Century New England Carving: Carving the S-Scroll
  • Master Workshop: 17th Century Joined Chest
  • 17th Century Wainscot Chair
  • Carving Wooden Spoons
  • Carved Oak Boxes
  • Hewing Wooden Bowls
  • Required Tools

    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.
    • 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)