Sculptural Carving: spoons – W0305-18

Date: Jun 18 - 22, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Julian Watts

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Explore the potential of woodcarving by transforming the wooden spoon into an abstract, sculptural object. In this class we discuss the intersection of craft, design and art, and challenge our preconceptions about the role that form and function play in the everyday objects that surround us. Each student designs and carves a sculptural wooden spoon that subverts, exaggerates or illuminates something new about this familiar utensil.

Media & Techniques:

We cover drawing, wood species selection, wood grain, carving with hand tools, bandsaw use, sanding and finishing. We also survey a broad array of spoons and utensils from throughout history, and discuss newer examples of experimental and non-functional design.


Each class is a combination of group discussions and demonstrations of tools and techniques, as well as time for each student to work on-on-one with the instructor to explore individual conceptual and technical problems.


Julian Watts has spent years apprenticing with fine furniture makers in San Francisco. These influences inform his approach to woodcarving, which blurs the line between functionality and sculptural form. Julian’s work is represented by BDDW and Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York, and is exhibited internationally.

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