Valdemar Skov and Ken Wise
July 19-23

In this spoon carving extravaganza, Ken and Valdemar provide thorough instruction in practical wooden spoon making as a springboard to creative carving and design. The curriculum gives ample consideration to historical precedent, traditional hand carving techniques, and the application of power tools, while focusing on the language of shapes. Participants acquire new skills by creating one spoon after another, each of which is a process of discovery.

Ken and Valdemar divide the carving of spoons into three basic components: outside curves; inside curves; and edges and transitions. Working with green and dry woods, scraps, and branches, students first learn basic knife carving and sharpening techniques with both straight and curved blades. Subsequently, they introduce other hand tools, including the ax, gouge, rasp, spokeshave, scraper, and drawknife, and power tools such as die grinders and band saws. They also discuss the curing of spoons and food-safe finishing.

Valdemar Skov is a woodcarver, furniture maker, and engraver, specializing in ornamental carving for furniture and architectural details, as well as hand-engraving clock dials, fine tools, and jewelry. A woodworker since 1986, and self-employed since 1990, Valdemar has been formally recognized for his work by the Maine State Legislature and has been featured in numerous articles, including a profile in This Old House magazine. Valdemar works out of his studio in Waldoboro, ME and his website is

Ken Wise is a professional woodworker in Brunswick, ME. Over the past three decades, his interests and skills have migrated from house construction and finish carpentry, to cabinet and furniture making, to carving and turning. His work today consists of architectural turning, furniture, and a line of turned and carved bowls, spoons, and kitchenware that he sells through shops and galleries. Ken also makes canoe paddles and wildlife art in native Maine hardwoods for regional craft fairs, including the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. His website is

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Ken Wise spoon and spatulas
Ken Wise spoon pile