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Spoon Carving Workshop

April 14, 2024

October 13, 2024

10 am – 3 pm

Nordia House




Join us with instructor Leslie Walters to create your very own wooden spoon!


Nordic countries have a rich history of woodworking. In this workshop we want to embrace the Swedish idea of slöjd, meaning handiwork or handicraft. Woodwork is an essential part of this idea and is a large part of Swedish history. The slöjd philosophy includes creating functional items for everyday use.


This class is designed to give you a solid foundation to start your green woodworking journey, exploring the tools, materials and techniques used in green wood spoon carving, this class will focus mainly on knife skills, but axe work will be demonstrated. Wood and tools will be provided, spoon blanks will also be offered for sale for folks who are interested. 


Meet Your Instructor

Leslie Andrew Walters, Oregon City, Oregon. A passionate tree lover and Hand tool woodworker specializing in greenwood spoon carving, my work is strongly influenced by Scandinavian folk art as well as the tools and skills used by people who once and still live in northern forests around the world. I have been obsessively carving for 10+ years, traveling around the country, studying, learning and teaching spoon carving and traditional hand tool skills. I am also a founding member of the Portland Spoon Club, a monthly free get together giving spoon carvers and green woodworkers access to community and resources. You can follow my work at 


Portland spoon club 

Refunds: All ticket sales are final.

Parking: We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.


Accessibility: Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.

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