Wood Carving: Cooking Spatulas (F22)

Instructor: Alexandra Forbes

Come carve and shape a kitchen-ready cooking spoon or spatula out of cherry, curly maple, and other New England hardwoods. You'll shape, carve, and finish pre-cut wood pieces, while learning about a number of different carving tools, including antique spokeshaves, rasps, bent knives and gouges. Finally, sandpaper and oil will help polish and bring your piece to a fine polish. This class takes place in-person at AVA. A $40 materials fee will be applied at check-out.

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Alexandra Forbes has explored wood and woodcraft since she was a teen in California and in the Alaska wilderness, carving bowls and small expressive pieces. In her twenties she began teaching woodcraft in northern Vermont to adults and children in a rural public elementary school. Later she designed and built several saunas and a sailing dory and started sculpting furniture pieces including driftwood lamps, mirrors and chairs. Recently she has brought her spoon and ladle carving workshop out into the community in a small gypsy style studio wagon she built. Alex has taught workshops in the Alaskan wilderness, Green Tara gallery in Northern Vermont, the Shelburne Craft School, Snowfarm: the New England Craft Program, and in her home studio in Plainfield, Vermont. Click here to see Alexandra in action.