Green Wood Skills: Spoon Carving

with Oliver Pratt

June 15 - 16 , 2019

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Green Wood Skills: Spoon Carving

with Oliver Pratt

June 15-16, 2019

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

Materials Fee: $20

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $295; $275 Ticket and $20 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 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 call or email us.

Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.


This workshop will cover the various aspects of green wood spoon carving, from choosing the proper wood, through splitting and carving the spoons, to finishing and decorating, as well as the care and sharpening of the tools used. Special emphasis will be given to safe and efficient use of axes and knives, and students will learn the proper knife grasps needed to not only carve spoons but also many other greenwood objects. Oliver will cover the traditional design choices involved in producing a spoon that is both highly functional as well as beautiful.

About the Instructor

Oliver grew up playing the trumpet and began to play professionally at the age of 15. He attended Berklee College of Music and received a Bachelors of Music in Performance.

He took up green woodworking during a four year break from playing and quickly became immersed in the culture of handcraft and Slöjd. After spending a few years primarily carving spoons and bowls in the greenwood tradition of axe and knife he discovered bowl turning on a pole lathe and this quickly became his main interest in woodworking. Though his focus is pole lathe turned bowls he remains very interested in all forms of traditional handcraft, and continues to learn everything he can from the community of craftspeople he is happy to call friends.

Oliver takes his influence from traditional examples of spoons and bowls, his fellow craftspeople, and also from his training as a musician. He finds that the composition, proportions, and 3 dimensional flow he attempts to attain with his woodwork very closely reflect those aspects in the music he most loves to hear and make.

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.

  • Hook Knife (Tools made by Reid Schwartz will be available for the class to purchase)
  • Slojd Knife (Tools made by Reid Schwartz will be available for the class to purchase)
  • Double Bevel Carving Axe (Hans Karlsson, Svante Djarv, Robin Wood, etc.)
  • Flexible 12" Ruler (preferably clear)
  • Mallet or Heavy Hardwood Club (used for driving the axe; can be made from a tree limb)
  • Folding Pruning Saw (Oliver recommends Silky Pocket Boy 170)