Spoon Carving

November 2 - November 3, 2024

Spoon Carving


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $25

Explore the techniques of shaping wood through spoon carving. We will begin by learning how to mark and plan spoons in preparation for cutting. We will then use the bandsaw to create 3-dimensional curved shapes, focusing on safety and curve cutting techniques. You will then be introduced to a variety of hand tools such as spokeshaves, carving gouges, files, and rasps to achieve a spoon shape of your original design. After shaping we will discuss sanding and finishing techniques that will be applied to each spoon. Everyone will leave with a finished piece to be proud of!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Abby Mechanic

Abby Mechanic received her BFA from the Maine College of Art with a concentration in Woodworking and Furniture Design. After graduating, she worked in various design studios, such as Luur Design, Nate Berkus, and Matter Practice. Mechanic then spent seven years working at Parsons School of Design, where she began as a Part-Time Technician and later became the Associate Director of the Making Center. She now works at Peters Valley School of Craft as the Education Director. In her downtime, she travels around the country teaching spoon carving and expanding the field of woodworking. 

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Charlie Flowers

Charlie Flowers is a Woodworker/Carpenter based in Portland, ME. He is a graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture Making Program from The North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. He has assisted classes at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Midcoast Maine including work in both green and kiln-dried wood. He is happily working with The Chairmaker’s Toolbox in supporting an equitable and diverse woodworking community. After working in furniture studios he currently is working in Residential/Commercial Carpentry fields, expanding from singular bodies of work into planning & creating living spaces as well as restaurant spaces.

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