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Shaping Wood Through Spoon Carving

June 12 - 17, 2022

Abby Mechanic  ·  abbymechanic.com

Workshop at a glance

Design, cut, and carve one-of-a-kind utensils that will last a lifetime.


  • Carving kiln dried lumber using hand tools
  • Cutting curves on the bandsaw


  • Walnut wood


  • Multiple spoons or utensils
  • Skills to create your own spoons/utensils at home

Artist Bio

Abby Mechanic is the manager of the Making Center at the Parsons School of Design in New York City where she works closely with leadership to support to learning objectives across all shops, labs, and facilities. She received her BFA from the Maine College of Art in woodworking and furniture design. Mechanic currently leads spoon carving workshops across the country in spaces such as Fort Houston in Nashville, Tennessee and Peter’s Valley in Layton, New Jersey.
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Workshop Description

In this class students will create curves, volumes, and 3D forms out of wood by manipulating its linear structure. You will begin by designing and creating a spoon or utensil. Class discussions will include how to plan, mark, and prep the material for shaping, followed by the safe use of the band saw as you cut out your designs. Participants will also explore various shaping techniques with the use of hand tools. You will leave class with multiple utensils of your own design and the lifelong skills to carve wood. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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