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Milan: Hewn Wood Bowl Carving Class

05apr8:00 am5:00 pmMilan: Hewn Wood Bowl Carving Class


Milan Village Arts School, 97 Washington Ave, Milan

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April 5, 2024 8:00 am - 5:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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Hewn Wood Bowl Carving

Join Alex Yerks and learn the traditional way of carving wooden bowls. Bowls can either be turned manually on a spring-pole lathe or on a power lathe, but the traditional method of carving a wood bowl is with adzes, gouges, axes and carving knives. This method creates highly individualized and unique wooden bowls. On completion of the class, you will have the skills to go on and make many more beautiful hewn wood bowls.

There are still 4 spots available in the class. If you are interested, either contact the school or register at

Hewn Wood Bowl Carving

with Alex Yerks

Age/Level: Beginner and above. Minimum age 16

Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 5, 6 & 7, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Milan Village Arts School

Learn to carve a hewn bowl! In this course you will be fully immersed in the world of bowl carving. This is a great class if you want to learn really precise axe work and how to sculpt with it. We will be using adzes and gouges for hollowing to create large wooden bowls over the course of three days.

This course will cover just about all you need to know about hewing your own bowls, sourcing your own wood, designing different styles of bowls, learning various and innovative tool grips, and we will cover sharpening.

The goal of this workshop is to gain confidence in yourself and the tools being used. By the end of the course you will have all of the knowledge and skills needed to start crafting your own unique bowls that will get passed down from generation to generation.

Tuition: member $225 non-member $240

Supplies: A Supply List is sent on registration

Alex Yerks is a Minnesota based greenwood craftsman who is an international instructor making his living selling and teaching his craft around the world. He specializes in carving a traditional Scandinavian influenced drinking vessel called kuksas, utilizing pre-industrial revolution hand tool techniques. Alex has dedicated his life to working with trees and utilizing natural resources where he lives in Minnesota. It has been a daily part of his life for the past 15 years. Alex teaches all over the US and abroad, including Spoonfest in England, London, The Milan Spoon Gathering in Minnesota, Spoon Jam in Australia, The Spoon Hoolie in Scotland, and the Necessary Traditions Festival in New Zealand. His focus is uncovering the techniques and philosophy of yesteryear and trying to see where it fits in the modern world we live in. He believes we all have a connection with our natural environment and can enrich our lives if we surround ourselves with simple items crafted from the forest.

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