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Carve Your Own Wooden Spoon

August 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kiko demonstrating spoon carving

Instructor: Kiko Denzer of Hand Print Press

Kiko discussing the form of a spoon

Kiko discussing the form of a spoon

Spoon carving knife

Each student uses a beautiful spoon carving knife, available for purchase if desired.

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.

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:

  • Your wooden spoon
  • The lifetime knowledge to create your own wooden spoon
  • Optional, for purchase: A specially designed, hand made spoon carving (crooked) knife ($55) and a straight edged knife ($20)
The templates showing how a spoon is formed

Templates showing how a spoon is formed

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.

Bring your own knives or purchase at class: Curved spoon carving knife (pictured above) $55, and straight edged knife $20, will be for sale at class.  If students do not want to own a curved knife, loaners will be available for use during class. 

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. Check out Kiko’s essay on The Value of a Spoon.

Kiko helping a student with his spoon

Kiko helping a student with his spoon.

Also, Carving Your Own Wooden Spoon takes you on a photo journey of one group’s experience in carving their wooden spoons with Kiko at Nana Cardoon.

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

Carving tools and wooden spoons

Carving tools and wooden spoons

Spoon carving is popular and class size is limited, so there are three classes this season – June 17th, and August 6th and September 9th. Contact Charlene to reserve your spot.

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

I’ve always liked the ‘idea’ of working with wood, but without a workshop or lots of tools, I wasn’t sure how to get started. Kiko’s class was the inspiration I needed. I can make wooden spoons! I really enjoyed Kiko’s class: the learning, the socializing, and the delicious food! Monique, 2015 Carve Your Own Wooden Spoon participant


August 6, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Foodways at Nana Cardoon
2542 NW Williamina Ave
Forest Grove, OR United States


Charlene Murdock