||Each student will carve a basswood lovespoon based on an original design by the instructor. In this three-session class, students will learn and practice fundamental carving techniques, and address common challenges, using very simple tools. The project includes excellent carving challenges, including keeping symmetry and working with wood grain, while carving long, continuous curves; a small,deep bowl; and a delicate design. In the interest of time, students will need to do some homework between sessions, and the final finishing at home. All aspects of carving lovespoons, from design, planning and preparation of blanks, to carving, sanding, and finishing, will be discussed and demonstrated. Each student will also receive reference materials, a pattern packet including 6 original designs, and a copy of David Western's book: History of Lovespoons: The Art and Traditions of a Romantic craft." Carving tools purchased by students in this class will be offered a 10% discount.