||Each student will carve a basswood lovespoon based on an original design by the instructor. Students will learn and practice several fundamental carving techniques, and deal with a variety of challenges, using primarily palm tools. Students will learn about shaping long, smooth, symmetrical lines; carving a small, deep bowl, dealing with difficult grain directions; and challenging the limitations of the wood with delicate details. In the interest of time, pre-cut blanks will be provided, and students will complete some homework between sessions, and the final layers of finishing at home. However, demonstrations and detailed information will be provided about all aspects of making lovespoons, including design, wood selection, preparation of blanks, planning, sanding, and finishing. Depending on progress between sessions, some students will begin the final finishing during class. Each student will also receive a pattern packet including 6 lovespoon designs. Carving tool purchased by students in this class will be offered at a 10% discount.