Carving Spoons, Carving Sculpture

Kristin LeVier & Josh Vogel
July 23-27

Students use the wooden spoon as a springboard for investigating concept, design, material, form, and surface. Kristin and Josh guide participants to strengthen their own creative voices, whether for functional or purely sculptural purposes. They present a wealth of traditional and contemporary techniques for carving, shaping, and decorating wood with tools such as carving knives, axes, saws, gouges, and rasps, as well as band saws, die grinders, power carvers, and wood burners. Each student develops a series of objects of their own design, with the option of working with green, dry, and/or extremely pliable compressed wood.

Kristin LeVier is a wood sculptor in Moscow, ID, whose work is internationally exhibited at venues such as SOFA Chicago in Chicago, IL; Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina, SK, Canada; ACDA Digital Gallery in Istria, Croatia; the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA; and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. Her publications include, among others, American Craft, Terra, Woodturning, American Woodturner, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces (Lark Crafts, 2013), and A Gathering of Spoons (Linden Publishing, 2012). Kristin’s work may be seen at

Josh Vogel is a multifaceted woodworker/sculptor/turner in Kingston, NY, and author of The Artful Wooden Spoon (Chronicle Books, 2015), which he wrote after carving more than one thousand spoons. In the mid-1990s he co-founded the furniture company BDDW in New York City, and, in 2006, co-founded his current design and woodworking studio, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. Josh’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Food & Wine, Elle Decor, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His websites are and

Open to all.


Tuition: $785  

Levier scallion spoon credit Tib ShawSpring Spoon by Kristin LeVier, compressed maple and acrylic paint (4”x3”x9”), 2011 Photo credit: Tib Shaw

Vogel Various woods cherry maple holly spoons 2015Spoons by Josh Vogel, cherry, maple, and holly, 2015