Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Spoon Carving Fundamentals

April 24, 2021

Schedule: 9 am-4 pm Sat

Instructor: Paul Pendola

Registration Deadline: April 20

Description

Let the wood guide you! In this workshop, you’ll learn basic spoon-carving techniques. Using fresh-felled greenwood and only three tools (axe, straight knife, and hook knife), you’ll work to complete the class and go home with a hand-carved spoon, a few blisters on your hands, and an appreciation for the therapeutic nature and addictive qualities of spoon carving.

Materials fee includes greenwood logs for carving, carving block/log, the use of carving tools, course materials, coaching, and encouragement — all will be provided by the instructor. The three-piece tool set may be purchased for an additional $60 with two weeks’ advance notice.

Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian.

Class size 6

Level Beginner and above

Student Supply List
Enthusiasm, carving tools (if you have personal tools you prefer).

  • Tuition $105
  • Materials Fee $50

Instructor

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Paul Pendola

Paul Pendola is a full-time Galena, IL-based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax, Paul’s mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art. You can find Paul’s work, and watch him work, at Galena Spoon Co., his retail shop located at 201 Hill Street in the heart of historic downtown Galena, IL.…Read More

Paul Pendola is a full-time Galena, IL-based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax, Paul’s mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art.

You can find Paul’s work, and watch him work, at Galena Spoon Co., his retail shop located at 201 Hill Street in the heart of historic downtown Galena, IL. Paul participants in  several leading traditional American art and craft fairs including The Galena Country Fair (Galena, IL) and The Waterford Fair (Waterford, VA), among others. Additionally, Also, Paul sells his work via several boutique retailer throughout the Driftless Region of northwestern Illinois, online at http://www.galenaspoonco.com, and via national wholesale accounts including The Holland Bowl Mill.

Interested in learning how to carve a spoon? Consider taking one of Paul’s classes here at Shake Rag Alley, at the Galena ARC, or at his home-based workshop, The Spoon Carver Cottage, located in downtown Galena, IL.

Paul (Galena Spoon Co.) has artist profiles on EnjoyIllinois.com and VisitGalena.org, and is an active member of the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce, The Galena Downtown Business Association, Key City Creative Center (Dubuque), Premier Business Partner of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, and active in many arts organizations in the Driftless Region.

Paul is a Chicago native, currently a full-time Galena, IL resident, and holds a master’s degree from the Cornell University School of Business.

 

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Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

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