June 8th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$50 per person

Using a few simple hand tools, the students will learn how to make a fully functional and
finished cooking spoon. In traditional Appalachia, spoons, bowls, and many other valuable items were made from easily found wood by anyone handy with a knife and saw. Many were painted with traditional milk paint or decorated by etching the wood to help make the item more attractive.

In this class, you will learn the same attitude of "making do with what you have" that the old-time Appalachian craft is based upon, learning how to identify potential projects in different species of trees so that the skills learned in class can be used at home. This class is targeted at beginner to intermediate carving students with little or no experience and can be taught to students as young as 12 yrs old.
Students will be taught tool care and safety. All tools and materials will be provided for each student.

About Sam Tallman

Sam has been a professional spoon carver for over 7 years, selling his hand carved spoons, ladles, and bowls in craft markets all over western North Carolina.  Completely self-taught, his style of carving using only traditional, non machine methods has made his spoons favorites among every day cooks as well as gourmet chefs.  His hand carved bowls are considered heirloom pieces, destined to be in families for generations.  In addition to selling his wares, Sam also demonstrates traditional spoon carving during shows and fairs to help people understand and learn about how things were made when times were simpler. Sam has been an instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School and is a regular demonstrator at Murray’s Mill historic site and during the Hart Square festival.  His teaching style enables the student to discover the joys of spoon carving and having the most rewarding experience possible.