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Greenwood Spoon Carving with Kiko Denzer

  • N Alta Ave. and N Syracuse St. Portland, OR (map)

This is a hands-on opportunity to learn (or develop) the art of hand-carving a spoon from a branch. Spoon-carving opens a doorway into a large array of traditional, sculptural wood-craft, from toys to bowls to chairs to houses. Using just a saw, hatchet, and two knives, we'll turn a branch into spoons, as delicate and beautiful as you can make it, or simple and basic. Either way, all spoons begin as a “chip of wood” (which is also the root meaning of the word).

Suitable for experienced or beginning carvers.

*Properties of various woods
*Effective grips and tool techniques
*Basic 3-D design
*Tool sharpening and maintenance
*Treatment of finished spoons

One Day Greenwood Spoon carving class, with master builder Kiko Denzer, Sat, June 2nd and again on Sun June 3rd at Portland's Wildwood View Garden. Each day is a stand-alone class that covers all the basics, but you may register for both days to allow more work on technique and skill. This class is limited in size to allow for individual instruction.

*Cost: $75
+Checks: Kiko Denzer, POB 894, Philomath OR 97370. 

Email the same address, or call 541-929-4301. 

Students should have a straight bladed knife, preferably with a comfortable handle. The Mora 106 carving knife, or No. 8 Opinel (carbon steel) folding knife are inexpensive and widely available. The Opinel is a good all-around pocket knife; the Mora is a more specialized carving blade; you can also just bring what you have -- and sharpening kit(s) if you have them.) 

Before mass-production made metal spoons cheap and common, whole villages devoted their labor to the production of wooden spoons. A wooden implement makes eating your morning cereal a uniquely beautiful (and quieter!) experience. 

A Beautiful Spoon - An exploration of creative process and design: 
The Value of a Spoon - an exploration of the craft economy: - 
See also Spoon carving on youtube.

Kiko has been a teaching artist for 20 years, with a more recent focus on greenwood work; he also turns bowls on a foot-powered lathe. He started carving stone at ten, and went to Italy at 17 to carve marble. Decades later he organized a 2007 yurt-building workshop with Bill Coperthwaite - - who turned him onto the crooked knife -- and spoons, of course. Not many people need a marble statue, but everyone can use a beautiful wooden spoon! For a long time Kiko's "craft home" has been the (growing) community of "natural builders" -- folks using mud, sticks, straw, etc. to build houses and other structures. He publishes his own (and other) titles at Hand Print Press -