Greenwood Spoons and Vessels

Jarrod Dahl
September 3-7


This is a thorough immersion in the Scandinavian tradition of carving green wood with hand tools such as axes and sloyd knives. Starting with a freshly cut tree, participants learn to design and carve decorative spoons, small cups and bowls, and canisters that use the shrink box technique. Through discussion and demonstration, Jarrod covers the selection, harvesting, and working properties of wood; how to choose and sharpen tools; safe and effective methods for splitting and shaping wood with axes and knives; form and design; decorative techniques such as chip carving, engraving, and kolrosing; and how to make and use milk paint, egg tempera, and oil paint with natural earth pigments; among other topics. Each students engages hand, eye, and spirit by creating a series of practical items such as spoons, ladles, and pots with precisely fitted lids.

Jarrod Dahl has been working with wood professionally since 1996. He specializes in woodturning with a foot-powered lathe and spoon carving with the axe and knife, and markets his handcrafts online as Woodspirit Handcraft. In 2016, Popular Woodworking published Jarrod’s DVD, The Art of Spoon Carving and he was awarded the Coperthwaite/Sundqvist Slöjd Fellowship. He is currently writing a book on pole lathe turning for Lost Art Press. Jarrod’s extensive practical knowledge of harvesting natural materials and using hand tools has been informed by research in museum archives in the U.S., Sweden, and the U.K. For more information, please visit

Open to all.


Tuition: $785

Dahl 2017 Still life of spoons and potsChopsticks, butter spreaders, spoons, spatulas, shrink boxes, and a coat hook by Jarrod Dahl, birsh with milk paint and chip carvings (6"-12" lenghts), 2017

  • Dahl 2017 Two knives and a spoonBirch spoon by Jarrod Dahl (6" long), 2017
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