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Spoon Carving

March 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Come make a wooden spoon with a branch from the winter pruning!

Beginners and experienced carvers welcome. A specific spoon pattern will be demonstrated and participants will be guided through the process of making their own in this way. It is a quick and simple way to make a most sturdy and beautiful eating utensil.

A spoon is an instrument of communion. When Davis puts one of the spoons he has made into the hands of it’s human he likes to tell them, “Feed your friends!” And do we not also need to feed our selves with beauty?

Since beginning his learning on Orcas Island with Walter Henderson in 2011 Davis Limbach has made wood carving his primary creative outlet. Carving spoons became the focus upon returning from a journey around the country, in which he carved his first spoon at an ancestral skills gathering in Arizona. Since then he has carved over a hundred small sculptures in this useful shape, allowing himself to get ridiculously meticulous. In the past year the direction has been to develop making a spoon more quickly that is still elegant. The design pictured is inspired by Scandinavian and NW Native wood carving style, mixed with some influence from the ubiquitous metal table spoon.

Students will use hatchet and hand saw to rough out the shape of the spoon from a section of branch. The bent knife will be used to do the shaping. We will be working with green wood – fresh from the tree.
Wood, hatchet, and saw will be provided, and each student will need to bring their own bent knife. You may also bring a piece of wood you’d like to carve.
The knife Davis recommends is the ‘mini General Bent Knife’ from North Bay Forge, on Waldron Island. www.northbayforge.com
But any high quality carving knife of this general shape will do. When you are done using it in this workshop, the bent knife has many other uses, and would make a wonderful gift to anyone in your life who does woodworking or wants to learn to carve! I would even consider buying it from you after you use it for a while to see if it is something you want to keep.
If you have questions you are welcome to contact Davis at  hoop5rider@gmail.com.


March 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Chuckanut Center
103 Chuckanut Drive N.
Bellingham, WA 98229
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