Driftless Spoon Gathering - 6th Annual

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Driftless Spoon Gathering - 6th Annual

Postby Mike the Blacksmith » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:21 pm

Date: Sept 21-23, 2018 (optional arrival Friday, Sept 21 for camping)
Time: Registration and coffee at 9:00am, demos at 10:00am and throughout the day
Cost: $15/individual or $25/family
Location: La Farge Village Park, La Farge, WI (separate $10/night fee for camping payable to La Farge Village)

In this two day skill-sharing event, spoon carving instructors and carving hobbyists gather together to carve, learn and share techniques. All levels of experience are welcome, and beginners will be well cared for.

Listen to the sound of hatchets hewing and help fill the floor with wood shavings. Enjoy the tradition of a Spoon Pass and the opportunity to purchase spoons, bowls, and tools from artisans. Basic carving knives and sharpening supplies will be available on loan to beginners and also available for purchase. Bring spoon blanks and green wood if you have them, and don’t forget a lunch and snacks to keep you going. Coffee and tea will be available. Bring something for a potluck gathering Saturday evening. Camp in the park Friday and Saturday night, if you like, for community campfire and stories
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Re: Driftless Spoon Gathering - 6th Annual

Postby Mike the Blacksmith » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:42 am

It always takes a bit of time to get to doing a summary of an event for me. This year is no exception and the event the Driftless Spoon Gathering was as enjoyable as ever.
With around 50 people from at least three States at the gathering including three members of the Association of Polelathe Turners & Greenwood Workers. Attendance was about the same as last year,with some people only able to attend one day. Saturday morning was started with coffee and snacks and then on to chip making.
This year Fred Livesay conducted a Advanced Spoon Carving class. Four hours were spent with students that had carved at least 20 spoons . Topics such as design, proportions, wood selection were covered in depth.
Tom Bartlett gave a nice talk/demonstration on the correct and efficient use of the carving axe. He also spent some hands on time teaching beginners blanking out some spoons.
Derek Brabender taught a small group to make knife sheaths by braiding birch bark. We each made two sheaths to fit mora carving knives. The braiding technique is also applicable to leather.
On a side table through-out the weekend a memorial to a carving circle member Andy Gorrill was in place. It was a display of spoons, shrinkpots and other artwork that Andy had produced.
The spoon pass carving circle had 14 people start with blanks handing off at fine minute intervals till time was called. We each ended up with a unique spoon that all had a chance to work on.
The weekend is to short and we all look forward to the 7th Driftless Spoon Gathering.

And now for a little tease... The Badger Bodgers are planning a Green Woodworking gathering (Ball?) in June of 2019 in LaFarge Wi details will follow.
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