Mountain Heritage Center to host wooden spoon-making workshop

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will hold a spoon-making workshop as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series Thursday, March 16, from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.

The workshop will take place in the museum’s gallery, located at 161 Hunter Library. Preregistration and a $5 fee are required.

Jeff Gottlieb of Whittier

Participants will learn safe and effective carving techniques, knife blade choices and tool care while getting to make one or more wooden spoons. They will learn how to select and treat wood for certain uses, and may bring their own knife for sharpening and evaluation as a carving tool.

The demonstration will be led by outdoor living skills specialist Jeff Gottlieb, a Whittier resident and Nantahala Outdoor Center staff member. A naturalist, outdoor educator and primitive skills instructor for more than 30 years, his interests also include fiber arts, flint-knapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness.

For more information and to preregister, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.