The Artful Spoon

Josh Vogel
July 19-23

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, built his current design and woodworking business, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co., on a foundation of “cottage industry.” 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: $840



Kellogg HomeMaple Spoon by Josh Vogel, 2015  

Vogel spoon collection 0473 cropped contrastSpoons by Josh Vogel, maple, spalted maple, cherry, holly, ebony, and apple, 2015