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Chopstick Carving Workshop

January 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

carving a green stick

carving a green stickStart with the basics! This class will focus on safe knife handling and the foundations of Swedish-style carving. We will be carving riven straight grained hardwood into chopsticks. All tools and materials will be provided.

Fee: Free!

Trees to Tools: Three Woodworking Workshops with Maine Coast Craft School

This workshop is a stand-alone event, the first of three to be offered in January and February, offering a unique opportunity to learn the basics of knife safety and foundational skills needed for many traditional crafts and woodworking projects. Knives available to borrow or purchase from the instructor for $23. For those who wish to purchase ahead of time, a recommendation regarding a carving knife to purchase will be sent to all registered students. For safety reasons, class sizes are limited to five students per class and registration is required.

See Also:
Coperthwaite-Style Walking Stick Carving Workshop, January 26
Wood Carving Workshop Series, February 2, 9 and 16

About Kenneth Kortemeier:

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Kenneth Kortemeier first started woodworking in art school in the mid 80’s where he made wooden sculpture, mostly using power tools. He began traveling after receiving his degree, searching for education in traditional crafts and handwork.

As an intern at Country Workshops in Marshall, NC, he learned about green woodworking and hand tools. He learned primitive skills and handwork through his friendship with Cherokee elder Martha Owl, who also lived in North Carolina.

In 1997 he sought out an apprenticeship with the late John Brown, the Welsh stick chair maker in Wales, UK. The year after that he came to Maine to teach sailing and seamanship with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and to learn wooden boat building at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, where he eventually taught for 10 years.

He has worked as a cabinet maker, done custom commercial woodworking, built chairs and furniture on commission and worked as an EMT in an ER, but his overarching calling has been in education.

This coming summer Kenneth is inaugurating his new school, the Maine Coast Craft School, with a series of workshops focusing on working green wood with hand tools for both adults and children. To see more you can go to mainecoastcraft.com.


January 19, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Coastal Rivers Nature Center
110 Belvedere Road
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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