Kitchen Sloyd – Carving Utensil Lab – November 4 & 5, 2023

Nov 04, 2023 9:00AM—5:00PM


Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Cost $265.00

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Sloyd is a Scandinavian word that means being crafty and this class is for the ones who want to think outside the box and make home goods and other kitchen items out of wood.

We’ll have the option to make spatulas, cooking spoons, salad servers, egg cups, hand hewn cutting boards, spoon rests, chopsticks, simple spoon racks, soap dishes, bag clips & clothes pins, peg racks, and more!

Bring your axe, knife, and any other woodworking tools as I’ll be teaching you how to use these tools in all sorts of new ways.

It’s the perfect class for the person who loves being in their kitchen and wants to make customized utensils to fit in your favorite pans, or other kitchen gadgetry!

*Don’t forget to bring your favorite frying pan and other cooking apparatus you want to make tailored utensils for.

The goal of the workshop is to build a relationship with each of the tools we will be using while gaining an understanding of how they work in relation to the timber itself.

This is a great course aimed at both beginners and more experienced wood carvers.

We will be swinging axes and adzes, and using specialty gouges, hook tools, and the humble, but versatile, sloyd knife. This is a very unique opportunity because you will be learning to safely use such a large array of tools while developing techniques which bridge the gap between spoon and bowl carving.

The course will also cover just about all you need to know, including sourcing wood, designing various kitchen tools, learning various knife and tool grips, innovative ways to use tools, decorative carving and painting, learning Alex’s unique and advanced wood carving techniques. We will even discuss tool maintenance.

Alex will be bringing his collection of he as created to use as design examples, and he will have items for sale.

Your instructor will provide:

  • Adze
  • Hook knives
  • Sloyd Knives
  • Axes

Students will have access to the instructor’s tools if needed.

Students are asked to bring:

  • Hook knife or gouge
  • Sloyd Knife (Mora 106)
  • Pruning Saw
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass or Dividers
  • Carving gloves or work gloves

Students can find these items online.

Age Requirement
Students ages 18 and older are welcome to attend this class.

Skill Level 
No experience needed

Location Details
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Cost Details
Tuition: $225.00
Material Fee: $40
Total Cost: $265

Scholarships are available to help you cover the cost of this class! Currently, our scholarships cover 50% of the class price, which would be $112.50 in this case. If interested, please email

NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance a teacher’s need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

If interested, you can find our cancellation policy here.