Spoons for All – Spoon Carving Workshop
with Peter Forbes
May 21, 2022-May 22, 2022
1-2 day workshop: 8:30 AM Sat – 12:00 PM Sun
$240 for workshop, $95 for optional overnight
“Working with one’s hands is the core act of self-determination and self-actualization, which is the foundation of all social change.” Peter Forbes
For more than 15 years, and with more than 2,000 people, we’ve taught spoon carving on this farm as a method for bringing different people together and for accessing creativity. Spoon carving, for us, has always been an important act of community building. Please join us on this weekend for a creative time of using your hands and minds to carve a spoon from green wood. All skill levels are welcome.
We will teach you how to carve a beautiful spoon using 3 traditional tools: a crooked knife, a straight knife and a draw knife. We’ll start with a block of white birch or cherry and end with a beautiful and useful spoon that should last a life time. And we’ll cover the philosophy and the practice that’s needed for all the steps along the way.
Group size is limited to 12 (register early) to ensure everyone gets attention and can move through the process at their own pace and return home with skills they can continue to use. We’ll take breaks to discuss wood, tools, spoons, yurts, the moon, or whatever else comes to mind. You can expect an unusual and inspiring weekend that gives you important skills, teaches you how to make a spoon, and leaves you wanting and able to create more things.
The symbolism of carving your own wooden spoon is similar to the symbolism of Gandhi asking his people to weave their own cloth. Taking a specific action to do something reminds and encourages us of the greater things we can do.
We’re really excited and hope you can come!
Elements of the Workshop
1.5 days makes it possible for everyone to leave with a completed spoon
Wood, tools and instruction
Lunch, dinner and breakfast together to share experiences and learning
Full Workshop Cost
Tuition and Meals: $240
Optional Overnight: $95
Workshop Plus Saturday Overnight Stay: $335