Make a Coal-Burned Spoon


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Coal-burning is an ancient method of using fire to shape and harden wood. With a steady supply of hot coals and a lot of patience, people have been able to make bowls, cooking pots, and even canoes out of large pieces of wood without metal carving tools. Making wooden spoons is a shorter project that is a great introduction to coal-burning, where coals are used to hollow out the ‘bowl’ portion of the spoon. In addition to coals, we will use knives, rocks, and other natural materials to shape and burnish the spoons. We will introduce knife safety and basic carving methods, so previous experience with carving is not required.

Creating your own spoon is a fun, artistic process of making a useful and beautiful tool that is both a symbol and means of nourishment and also brings a connection to nature into your home and everyday life.

This course is open to anyone and all genders.

Difficulty level: This class will require fine motor skills in order to work a small piece of wood. Wrist and finger injuries or arthritis may be aggravated. Class will be held sitting outside around a fire.

Date: Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: Boulder County, TBA (Will be outside around a fire)
Instructors: Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, So Sinopoulos-Lloyd