Monthly Carving Circle:  2nd Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm 

An informal gathering/working time for spoon carvers, chip carvers . . . wood carvers of any kind. 

DATE: Second Thursday every Month:

Facebook page:  Driftless Spoon Carving

TIME: 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m.

COST: $2 per person to cover space use fees

Bring carving tool and wood.  Beginners welcome!
Open to people of all ages and abilities (children should be accompanied by adults).
Beginners may borrow and buy carving knives.
Carving wood is available.

TEACHERS: Terry Beck, Tom Wheeler: Organizers – Spoon Carvers 

– Tom Wheeler ( and Terry Beck (

The night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in Driftless Folk School’s intimate little office space in The Ark in Viroqua for the first monthly Driftless Folk School Carving Circle. We ran the gamut of ages and experience, from veteran spoon carvers and a promising young new carver, to a curious onlooker – turned – carving convert. The latter purchased a “sloyd” and a “hook” knife from another participant and was … hooked. Mostly, people worked on spoons they had already started, shared techniques, tips and stories, and had a grand old time. All carving projects are welcome; bowyers, chip carvers, whittlers… spoons just happen to be the most common. Bring some wood, a carving tool or two, and a Band Aid, and a good joke wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. There’s a good chance someone might be able to share wood, or even sell a couple tools.

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