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Carving a Wooden Spoon

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Course objective: Each participant carves a wooden spoon and a plate with simple hand tools such as an ax, carving knife and gouges.

Course content: The participants learn how to use carving tools, split fresh wood and work out the rough shape of a spoon with the ax. It is explained what shape a spoon should have in order to be suitable for use and how to take into account the characteristics of the wood (knots, grain, etc.). Then the spoon is carved with the carving knife and the hollow is worked out with the gouge or a round knife. The finished spoon can be decorated with different methods (carving, colors with milk colors, etc.). Afterwards, the trained participants can produce a plate or a wooden drinking vessel (Kuksa), or a more complicated, larger spoon (e.g. ladle) as a further project.

Historical background: There are many wooden spoons or wooden plates Epochs (Neolithic, Bronze Age, ancient, etc. finds), however, wood is preserved only under very specific circumstances, which makes these finds unusual and rare. However, we can assume that wooden cutlery was part of everyday life in most cultures during prehistoric and historical times. It is only in our modern times that the natural and renewable raw material wood has been almost completely replaced in the kitchen by metal, ceramic or plastic. However, the forms we use today often look back on a history of development spanning several thousand years, which will be dealt with during the course as part of a short theoretical part using examples mentioned above.

Instructor: Ferenc Zamolyi
Course duration: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course costs: 75 euros
Material costs: 25 euros