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Carve Your Own Wooden Spoon

August 15, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hand carved wooden cooking utensils

Instructor: Kiko Denzer of Hand Print Press

Kiko Denzer guides you through the art of hand-carving a spoon from a branch. Our word “spoon” comes from a root meaning “chip of wood.” Before mass-production made metal spoons cheaply available to all, whole villages would be devoted to the production of spoons. A beautiful wooden implement also makes eating your morning cereal a uniquely pleasant (and much quieter!) experience.

We’ll begin by choosing wood from a variety of fruit trees at Nana Cardoon, or alder from a nearby wood lot.

Instruction is all hands-on, and includes:

  • Properties of various woods
  • Effective grips and techniques for using the hatchet
  • Straight and crooked blades
  • Knife sharpening and maintenance
  • Treatment of finished spoons

You will take home:

  • A specially designed, hand made spoon carving (crooked) knife
  • Your wooden spoon
  • The lifetime knowledge to create your own wooden spoon

You will need to provide your own straight blade knife with a comfortable handle (recommended are a Mora sheath knife, or an Opinel folding knife; blades should be carbon steel, not stainless; both are widely available at standard retail outlets). If you have sharpening kit(s), please bring them. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction.

Read A Beautiful Spoon by Kiko to learn more about his creative and design process. In this insightful article he shares his enjoyment of discovering and creating a wooden spoon.

Vegetarian lunch and beverages are homemade from farm ingredients as the season allows and are included in the price of your reservation.

Spoon carving is so popular this third class has been added!  Talk with Charlene to hold your spot.

To register for class, or for more information, contact Charlene at 503-357-4992 or at charlene@nanacardoon.com


August 15, 2015
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Nana Cardoon
map sent upon registration
Forest Grove, OR United States


Charlene Murdock