Learn How to Carve a Pocket Spoon

Master Woodsman James Gibson teaches everything you need to know about getting started with spoon carving - tools, wood selection, layout, rough out, carving, finishing, and more!

Watch Intro Video

I'll teach you how to carve a spoon!

- James Gibson -

Course Objectives

What can you expect to learn?

  • Learn about Spoon Styles

  • Get Design Layout ideas

  • Learn about Burnishing Tools

  • Learn the Carving Tools and Axes needed to make spoons

  • Learn to make spoon billets and blanks

  • Learn carving techniques and processes

  • Learn how to oil and store your spoon as it ages


7-Step Spoon Carving Guide

Included in this course is an instant PDF download for James’ spoon carving guide that he gives only to personal students at his onsite classes. Inside, you'll learn more about grain structures, spoon nomenclature, and more.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    • Terms & Conditions, Disclaimers, and Waiver of Liability
    • Meet Your Instructor
  • 2
    Spoon Styles & Tools of the Trade
    • Spoon Styles
    • Layout and Burnishing Tools
    • Saws, Chest Pad and Carving Block
    • Keeping Tools Sharp
  • 3
    Spoon Design, Layout, and Rough Out
    • Spoon Design and Billet
    • Roughing Out
    • Making the Spoon Blank
    • Spoon Layout and Design
  • 4
    Spoon Carving
    • Ax Profiling the Spoon
    • Knife Profiling the Spoon
    • Carving the Spoon Bowl
    • Carving The Handle And Fine Carving-1
  • 5
    Burnishing, Oiling, and Maintenance
    • Burnishing the Spoon
    • Oiling and Drying Out

Meet Your Instructor

  • James Gibson

    Outdoor Skills Instructor

    James Gibson

    James Gibson is an ABS journeyman knife maker and designers of several knives for the ESEE brand. Born and raised in the Smoky Mountains, James has a passion for the outdoors that led him learning survival skills in 1976, then knife making in the early 1980’s, and later, flintknapping. He’s trained with legendary outdoorsmen such as Tom Brown, Steve Watts, and Mors Kochanski and even holds a 6th degree black belt in Ninpo Tai-Jutsu under famed Ninja Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. James Gibson is an instructor at Randall’s Adventure & Training (ESEE Knives) and owner of Knob Creek Forge in Seymour, Tennessee.