The Artful Spoon

Josh Vogel
August 14-18

In this spoon carving extravaganza, Josh provides thorough instruction in practical wooden spoon making as a springboard to creative carving and design. His 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.

Josh divides 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, Josh introduces other hand tools, including the ax, frame saw, gouge, and rasp, and power tools such as die grinders and band saws. He also discusses the curing of spoons and food-safe finishing.

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: $770

Maple spoon Large file 2015Maple spoon by Josh Vogel, 2015

Various woods 2 Large file maple spalted maple cherry holly ebony apple 2015Spoons by Josh Vogel, maple, spalted maple, cherry, holly, ebony, and apple, 2015