Green Woodworking Basics
Green Woodworking Basics is a 2-day Woodcarving Immersion with instructor Emilie Rigby. 11 am-4 p class each day: Mon, Tues March 30, 31Green Woodworking (noun): the process of carving and shaping wood before it has cured. Greenwood is easy to carve and offers a wide range of possibilities that cured wood does not. Green woodworking is an immensely satisfying and inexpensive hobby. This two days workshop will teach you how to get started in this popular craft. The class blends demo time and work time in order to maximize learning. We take regular breaks for snacks and show-and-tell. You’ll leave the class with a head full of knowledge and a unique wooden spoon. All materials and tools are included with the material fee.
Day 1: Carving basics. Students will learn the basics of the green woodworking process: from log to finished product, while learning how to safely use a saw, hook knife and straight knife. We will start projects including butter knives and wooden cooking spoons. Day 2: Hatchet skills and finishing projects. Students will get as much time as they need to perfect their butter knives and cooking spoons, with a chance to decorate and personalize them with woodburning tools and details knives. We will also cover important topics such as where to source tools and wood. Students will learn how to safely use a hatchet to split wood and will have a chance to practice. Emilie Rigby has been carving greenwood and making spoons for 8 years. She has traveled across the country teaching woodworking and outdoor skills. She landed in Portland, OR in 2017 where she ran a teaching woodshop for a prominent outdoor skills company. With 6 years of teaching experience, she has taught people aged 8 to 80 how to carve spoons. She is a self-professed “crazy spoon lady” because she has made thousands of wooden spoons. Her classes are full of useful tips and tricks, metaphors for life, and terrible (amazing) puns.