The Spoon Gathering

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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.

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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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This easy woodworking project would be a great use for scrap wood one has in the woodshop. These fun coasters or drink mats would make a great and cheap gift…
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19 Responses to “The Spoon Gathering”

  1. blake Judd

    You always use a bit too much wood glue.
    great video.

  2. aygo

    Great work and the framing makes it look even better!!

  3. Edward Lee

    Fantastic! Love it

  4. Emerald Bren

    Great idea mate

  5. Daniel Rodriguez

    Is it safe to place a cold drink over the lacquer?

  6. Crashz28

    Hey what kind of wood is that purplish wood that you had in the coaster?

  7. Bernhard Hofmann

    What a fortunate accident – I think the final “framing” in Mahogany makes
    it even nicer.

  8. Eric DeFratis

    Neat little project. Plus I like your makeshift drum sander, way to think
    on your feet.

  9. Alejandro Vallade

    muy buenos tus trabajos , son una buena manera contribuir a la ense?anza .
    gracias .

  10. Terry Wellman

    Suddenly I see my scrap pile diminishing with several of Alex’s great
    ideas. Xmas is coming and I need to make up some gifts for family.

  11. Garrett Martin

    That was awesome. I’m just getting into woodworking as I just bought a
    house. I will for sure follow you.

  12. RoyalCaoCao

    2:22 – That block itself is already beautiful.

  13. Stéphane Bernier

    Very nice project, you really are a great woodworker.
    Your drum sander is a brilliant idea.

  14. Steve Ingalls

    As always, great video to watch. Keep it up. I love all the great ideas you
    come up with.


    nice work with great equipment love it

  16. Djovani Correa

    Poderia fazer um video ,como fazer um tabuleiro de xadrez com suas demais
    pesas ? agrade?o fico no aguardo

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  18. leo reyes

    Great job, thanks for the video.

  19. T.K. Archibald

    Anyone know how he got rid of all the gaps?

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