Carving wooden spoon *
Teacher: Meelis Kihulane
Meelis Kihulane has been a furniture restorer for more than 20 years and a teacher of traditional carpentry in Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics for 6 years. He has spent past 8 years by promoting and teaching Estonian traditional carpentry. Meelis has been a curator of several woodworking exhibitions. He is an author of the book ‘Containers, Boxes, Sieves. Making Bent-wood Items’.
He practices and teaches traditional carpentry methods in which hand tools are mostly used, such as knives, chisels, saws, axes, etc. Most of the raw materials come from nature and are not pre-processed. Meelis is working in an NGO Edev Eremiit.
The aim of the workshop is to make a wooden spoon or a smaller ladle of the student's choice. The material we will use is green wood, either birch or lime. The green timber is split and the object is made using an axe or splitting tool, carving knife, hook knife and hollowing tool.
The participation fee includes material for making one or two spoons and the usage of tools. Work is mainly done using knife, saw, chisel and bradawl. Students do not need to have prior experience in woodwork, the course requires average ability to handle tools.