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Spoon Carving w/ Barron Brown

February 3 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm

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About this Spoon Carving Workshop

Join beloved Firefly Gathering elder Barron Brown as he walks students of all experience levels down the path of carving a beautiful and functional spoon! 

In this class, Barron will cover:

  • The qualities of wood and how they behave as utensils
  • An introduction to basic carving tools (gauges, knives, sand paper) 
  • Tool safety
  • The art and finesse of creating the bowl of the spoon with a gouge 
  • Carving handles
  • How to achieve a smooth and polished finish 

Most participants will finish their spoons, but some may only get to the point where it can be finished at home. All students will have the opportunity to take home additional materials for future carving!

Spoon Carving Workshop Details

This class will be held indoors on Saturday February 3, 2024 from 1 pm – 5 pm near Asheville, NC.

This class is for all levels. Bring sharp knife with a short blade (such as a Morakniv). Minimum age is 10, all participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

About the Instructor Barron Brown

Barron (he/him) is a truly amazing jack-of-all-trades. He learned timber framing, post-and-beam construction, log cabin construction, and much more from his grandparents when he was a child and teenager. He currently works as a sculptor, welder and builder, as well as teaching carving, blacksmithing, and building. Barron is a joy to learn from, as he weaves   together his many talents with deep intelligence and his great ability to explain concepts to anyone. Barron has taught at Firefly since its beginning, and has been an instructor with the Earthskills Rendezvous for more than 20 years. He lives on a homestead with his family in Yancey County, NC.

Equitable Pricing Model $85 – $35

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $85: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $60: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $35: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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*Please check your pricing options before you register for your first Perennial Workshop. The pricing options are the same for all events, so you only need to do it once!


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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.