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Thorndike Folk Schools offer carving workshop

Feb 05, 2020

Thorndike — Rusted Pulchritude, two woodcarvers who ply their craft in Ellsworth, come to the Farwell Mill, 37 Gordon Hill Road, on Saturday, Feb. 22, to teach a one-day workshop on carving with green wood in the Scandinavian Sloyd (Slöjd) tradition. Deirdre McGrath and Aaron Margolis conduct the class, open to responsible 14-year-olds and older.

Carvers will leave with a hand-carved wooden spoon of their own making. All levels of proficiency are welcome. Attendees will work with hand tools and be guided on the journey from log to spoon, learning axe and knife safety, and employing traditional carving techniques. No power tools are used.

Class is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for buffet farm-to-table lunch, served at 1 p.m. Reservations are required; space is limited to nine participants. Cost is a sliding scale, $55 to $95 per person, which includes a $55 tool kit and locally-sourced lunch. Reduced cost is possible due to a grant from the Onion Foundation. To register, email and specify whether you are right- or left-handed. For more details, visit or call 722-3112. The snow date is Feb. 29.

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