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I found myself sitting in the middle of a quaint mid-western town, using a fiddler’s cut, quietly humming, and wondering what shape of spoon would best fit my mouth. I’m a furniture maker. I’m not a spoon carver (well I wasn’t). I’m not even a ‘green woodworker’ (well I wasn’t). Then last Winter I tried green bowl turning for the first time. Two words: NO SAWDUST.
That was the beginning of green woodworking for me. So come June, I took a road trip to Milan Village Arts School in Milan, MN where folks congregate for a weekend at the Annual Spoon Gathering.
Green woodworking entails working with wet wood (freshly cut and unseasoned) and then drying the wood slowly to prevent cracking. There were about 130 people of various interest and skill levels in the craft of wood spoons. The full spectrum of novice to master carver with styles ranging from traditional to more avant-garde were in attendance. It was a community style of education, meaning that the more talented and knowledgeable individuals shared the tricks of the trade with pretty much anyone willing to listen.
The days were packed with presentation and hands-on demonstrations. I learned knife sharpening from Del Stubbs, a knife maker by trade. Jim Sannerud and Jarrod Stone Dahl (both professional green-wood woodworkers) taught me different cutting techniques using my Sloyd Carving knife and hook knife. There was also
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