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Spoon Gathering

June 3, 2016 - June 4, 2016


Sharing the knowledge of carving spoons and related handcrafts, while creating an inclusive gathering for all.

Friday, June 3, 2016: from 9:00 a.m. and into the evening & Saturday June 4, 2016: All day and into the evening

Registration $20. Please register and pay on arrival.

For planning, please notify the school of your attendance prior to the weekend.

The seed for a unique green woodworking event was planted a decade ago by artist and MVAS spoon carving instructor, Frank Foltz d.2009. Frank and the early organizers of the Spoon Gathering envisaged an annual gathering of artists, spoon carvers, and enthusiasts of the humble wooden spoon, an international symbol of family, meals, and friendship. What started as a small gathering of spoon carvers and enthusiasts in St. Paul has grown into a vibrant and entertaining weekend of carving, friendship, and food.

The Spoon Gathering today offers a family friendly weekend for those interested in wood spoon carving and traditional handcrafts. Demonstrations are varied and draw from related arts, skills, and knowledge. In past years, these have included, knife sharpening, wood bowl turning on a spring-pole lathe, birch bark weaving, blade forging and Norwegian knife making, dying wood with natural dyes, and of course spoon carving and related presentations.

Novices and absolute beginners are catered to and made to feel welcome. Throughout the weekend, a tent site is set up which allows beginners to access the hands on instruction of a number of talented spoon carvers.

Other highlights of the weekend include a spoon and related arts exhibition by the gathering attendees and a Saturday evening potluck party and get-together.  Free camping facilities are available. Please feel free to arrive Thursday evening to set up camp and use the school’s facilities. The Spoon Gathering is a carving weekend, so bring your spoon blanks and carving tools or just come to watch and enjoy the weekend.

An information sheet is available on our website: or go to and search “The Spoon Gathering” for up-to-date information.

If you would like a copy of the Information Sheet mailed to you, or have other questions, please contact MVAS:

320-734-4807 or [email protected]


June 3, 2016
June 4, 2016


Milan Village Arts School
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Milan Village Arts School
PO Box 230
Milan, MN 56262 United States
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