Workshops

Alex regularly holds Kuksa and Spoon Carving workshops. He is an International Woodcraft Teacher, who has taught across the US.

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Upcoming Classes

-2019-

Next year is already being booked up fast! So keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be updating this page regularly. If you’re interested in having me come teach at your place, please contact me as I’m always game to travel to new places, and spread the sloyd cheer.

The demand for my coursework is growing and 2020 is already getting some dates on the calendar!

The Great Spoon Hoolie - Scotland

May 24-26th I’ll be at the festival demonstrating my craft as well as teaching various mini courses. There will be some exciting prefest courses too. I’ll be bringing Nic Westermann and Hewn and Hone with me! We’ll be spending two days teaching you to create a minimum of two new, scary sharp carving knives from raw materials. Forged and ground the Hewn and Hone way. Don’t miss this one!

Tickets here

The Vesterheim - Iowa

April 9-11 Kuksa Carving, and a special Course I’ll be teaching with Fred Livesay!

Kuksa Carving Tickets Here

Only two or three spots left!

Wales

A course at Nic Westermann’s forge is in the works. I’ll be teaching a kuksa carving course, as well as a separate forging course with Hewn and Hone .

 

Milan Spoon Gathering 2019 Minnesota

This year is going to be a big one! I’ll be teaching kuksa carving, as well as a long demonstration and dialogue while I carve a cup.

We’re also bringing my good friend Adam Hawker over from the UK for some courses and demonstration. Fred Livesay, Del Stubbs, and the usual gang will be there as well.

First week of June 6, 7 8th

Register here

North House Folk School

March 9-11 This class was the first to sell out from their entire catalogue. It’s a really popular class. If you’re from the midwest area, missed the boat would love to carve kuksas with me, please contact me through my site. I have a couple other places in the area where I can setup another kuksa course. This would be in the Twin Cities area. I take ten students max, so if we can fill up a course, I’ll make it happen!

To Be Announced - East Coast USA
New York and Maine

Right now it’s in the planning stages. If you’re interested in taking a course, please message me with your information and I’ll put you on the list!

New Zealand and Australia

Dates to be announced. We’re already planning some amazing things to make this year even more special!

West Coast USA

I am in the works for setting up courses on the west coast in California. More information will be posted here as soon as I hammer out all of the details.

Sweden

There are talks of traveling and teaching in Sweden in 2019. Right now it’s in the planning stages. If you’re interested in taking a course, please message me with your information and I’ll put you on the list!

 

The Vesterheim - Iowa - February 26-28  There are seats left! & 

March 2-4 (SOLD OUT)
 

I'll be teaching at an amazing Vesterheim museum in Decorah, Iowa with a doubled up class focused on kuksa carving. It's going to be an exciting time as this school is the hub of Scandinavian crafts and features some of the best instructors in the world. I'll be there the same week teaching along side Jögge Sundqvist. Not to be missed!


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Milan Spoon Gathering, Minnesota

Come join me and many other amazing crafters at the world’s first spoon carving festival. I’ll be teaching and demonstrating first week of June.

 

-2018-

Spoon Jam - Pembula Australia

Kuksa Carving Course November 1st and 2nd SOLD OUT!

There will be small workshops throughout the festival like -Mini Kuksas, Decorative Chip Carving, Tool Sharpening and Maintenance with Hewn and Hone

Necessary Traditions Festival - Christchurch New Zealand

I’m hosting and a special international guest teaching two three day workshops which are no sold out! Kuksa Carving, and Spoon Carving.

I’ll also be on the National Radio which you can listen to here. and giving a special talk to over 250 people for a Pecha Kucha here

 

North House Folk School - March 10-12 (Sold Out)

I'll be teaching a three day kuksa carving course at Noho during Wood Week which is a fantastic event focused solely on wood culture. Some of my favorite instructors and colleagues will be there as well. It's not to be missed!

SOLD OUT! But there is a waiting list
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Spoonfest! Edale, UK

Come join us crazy spooners in the Peak District. I’ll be teaching various courses, and also demonstrating my unique process of how I carve my kuksas. Hope to see you there!

- 2017 -

 
 

Milan Spoon Gathering - June 6-8

I will be teaching and demonstrating at the world's first spoon gathering in Milan, Minnesota. After the course there will be a three day full on spoon carving festival you won't want to miss!

You can sign up for a 2.5 day prefest kuksa carving course - Sold out.

 

American Swedish Institute - "Spoons and Other Kitchenalia" June 13-15

During this three day class, students will dive into the art of green woodcarving and learn the secrets behind carving and designing functional woodenware to use around the home and kitchen. From spoons, spatulas, and spreaders, you will go home with new utensils for the kitchen and dinner table.

You can sign up for this 3 day carving workshop

 

North House Folk School - June 24-26

On the shores of the mighty Lake Superior, I'll be teaching a three day kuksa carving course at the prestigious North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. You can book a spot Sold Out

 
 

- 2016 -

Oct 7th - 9th

Waterford Fair, Virginia - Live Kuksa Carving, Spoon Carving, with the AXE

— SOLD OUT

June

Spoon Gathering, Milan, Minnesota - Kuksa Carving, Axe Carving Courses

— SOLD OUT

Feb 28th - Mar 2nd

Wood Week, North House Folk School, Grand Marais MN - Kuksa Carving. There will be an optional extra day.

— SOLD OUT


New Workshop Dates

I'm always running new classes and workshops so don't forget to check back here for new dates being added.

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Bespoke Classes

If you have an interest in small group or one-on-one workshops for you, friends and colleagues, send me an email here

Want to Host a Workshop?

Drop me a mail to discuss plans.

 
 

Axe Carving

All of my carving methods rely upon the utilization of the carving axe.
My workshops will be focused on getting you comfortable with three main carving tools. Axe, knife, and hook tool. With those simple traditional tools, you will be able to create beautiful carvings such as Kuksas, Spoons, and Bowls. Learning my process will also teach you do ditch the sandpaper powertools which limit creativity and hand technique.

Kuksa Carving

Kuksas - Guksi - Kasa - Wooden Cup

This workshop is a bit more advanced. Carving these cups uses the techniques and process we do carving spoons, but some bowl carving technique as well.

We'll be using axes, large bent gouges, adzes, saws, hook tools, and sloyd knife to complete.