The 7th annual Driftless Folk School “Spoon Gathering” is set for September 13-15 in La Farge. “Spoon Gathering? What is a spoon gathering??” you ask. “Well, it’s one of the most interesting and rewarding ways to experience simplicity, creativity, and community.” says Carol May, who’s attended several spoon gatherings at the Driftless Folk School.
As obscure as it may seem to some, spoon carving has become a very popular hobby in recent years for thousands of people across the country and beyond. These craftspeople, young and old, with varying degrees of experience, create pieces of usable art that carries on a centuries old tradition of carving eating and cooking utensils from wood. There’s even an annual “Spoon Fest” in England which is so popular, it’s difficult to get tickets for.
Spoon carving is very inexpensive and anyone can do it. At any spoon gathering it’s common to see children and novice carvers working alongside and learning from those more experienced. “Sharing skills and appreciating the carving process is what the spoon gathering is all about. It’s as much about the experience as it is about the spoons. Of course I can go buy a wooden spoon at Walmart for less than a dollar, but nothing compares to the satisfaction of using a hand carved wooden spoon for eating or cooking.” says May. “I love giving hand-carved spoons as gifts. They are always appreciated.” she adds.
To experience the passion shared by spoon carvers, join us at the Driftless Folk School Spoon Gathering at the La Farge Village Park, September 13-15th. Registration for the 2-day event is $15/individual and $25/family. Go to www.driftlessfolkschool.org for more information and registration. On-site registration is also available, and wood and tools will be available for your use if you’re a beginner. Camping is available at the La Farge Village for $10/tent anywhere in the park, and $20 for electric sites. (Register upon arrival.) For those of you interested only in observing and/or purchasing the wooden art, “Community Hours” are on Saturday, September 14, 10-5:00 p.m and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.
- Starting Friday, September 13th, 2019, repeated every year on the 2nd Friday of September until Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Occurred Sunday, September 15th, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
- Occurred Saturday, September 14th, 2019 — all day