DVDs & Book: New DVD – Carving Wooden Spoons

It’s been a pleasure for me to be associated with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, Maine – https://www.lie-nielsen.com/ and our work together just keeps getting better. This year, I’ll be up there several times for workshops, but in the meantime, they have just released the latest in a series of DVDs we’ve done together  –  this time it’s Carving Wooden Spoons

spoon video

127 minutes; from splitting the branches. limbs, etc to hewing, knife-work and design/shaping. Also covers chip-carved decoration on the handles.

UPDATE – JAN 7, 2016 – I have a few copies for sale, $38 includes postage in the US. Email me peter.follansbee@verizon.net if you would like one.

here’s the preview Lie-Nielsen posted on their youtube channel.

To order, go to the Lie-Nielsen website https://www.lie-nielsen.com/search?q=Peter+Follansbee



I have a few copies of the  “17th Century Wainscot Chair” video for sale. Or you can order it directly from Lie-Nielsen, along with my earlier videos; 2 of them on the decorative carving, and one on making a wainscot chest.

wainscot chair videp

Over 200 minutes, it shows how to make a full-blown wainscot chair based on a 17th-century example. The chair is carved, but that work is covered in earlier videos I did with Lie-Nielsen. I have one batch for sale, or you can order them from Lie-Nielsen if you need other stuff too…

here’s the blurb:

17th Century Wainscot Chair

with Peter Follansbee

The Wainscot Chair is one of the hallmarks of 17th century joinery. In this DVD, Peter demonstrates how to prepare material from a section of oak, shape the chair pieces using bench tools and a pole lathe, and join them together with drawbored mortise and tenon joints. He also offers two traditional approaches for making the angled joints of this chair.

Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproduction furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching the craft at schools around the USA, Peter co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander. He is also featured in three other Lie-Nielsen DVDs: 17th c. New England Carving (2010); 17th c. New England Carving: Carving the S-Scroll (2011); and 17th c. Joined Chest (2012).

218 minutes (2 discs), Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2014.


17th Century Wainscot Chair  – $40 plus $2 shipping in US. Email me if you’d rather send a check; but the paypal button is right here…

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All five of my DVDs are available from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks in Warren, Maine.  https://www.lie-nielsen.com/nodes/4071/DVDs

The first one, “17th-Century New England Carving”  is an introduction to carving patterns and techniques based on my studies of period work. The disc covers tools and materials, then some important postures and grips. From  there, it’s cutting designs – starting with a simple gouge-cut decoration, and working through progressively more developed patterns. 88 minutes.

17th century New England Carving
17th century New England Carving

Here’s a sample from Lie-Nielsen


The second DVD follows along after the introductory one. This time, it’s one motif – laid out and cut a number of different ways for different effects. The “S-curve” is one I employ endlessly. There’s six variations of it in this disc…

100 minutes

17th-century New England Carving: Carving the S-scroll
17th-century New England Carving: Carving the S-scroll


The (formerly newest, now semi-recent – fall 2012) DVD, “17th-Century Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee” is a full-blown project, part of Lie-Nielsen’s Master Workshops series. This is instead of a series of techniques like the carving ones above. This time we take an oak log, split it apart, hew & plane it into stock and build a joined chest, fitted with mortise-and-tenon joints – and made up of frame-and-panel construction. It’s all here, from the log to setting the hinges & closing the lid. The chests in the disc are carved, but the carving is not repeated in this disc…it was enough to keep track of just building the thing!

213 minutes.

New DVD from Lie-Nielsen
New DVD from Lie-Nielsen

Here’s a link to a set of still shots from splitting the log for the DVD    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.444969838865640.115456.181880515174575&type=1

busting open an oak at CFC
busting open an oak at CFC


Make A Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to Seventeenth-Century Joinery


Make a Joint Stool from a Tree
Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

2012 will for me always be remembered as the year I got The Book out the door. Here’s the link to Lost Art Press where you can order a copy and see what goes on inside an oak log, and how to convert it into the most solid furniture you can imagine.


Order it from Lost Art Press and other places that carry their line of books. http://www.lostartpress.com/


Email me with any questions Peter.Follansbee@verizon.net

Address is:

Peter Follansbee

3 Landing Rd

Kingston MA 02364

16 thoughts on “DVDs & Book: New DVD – Carving Wooden Spoons

  1. The shows you made with Roy Underhill are great. I make stands for harpsichords. In the paintings of Ruckers harpsichords the Oak stands they made are just like The work you’ve been showing. Ruckers worked 1500 -1780s several generations of craftsmen.Your Wonderful Research makes all their work so clear to me now. I been insterested in harpsichord stuff 40 years it like seeing the paintings and now really seeing them. Thanks.

  2. Peter,
    My greatest spoon carving challenge is the transition from bowl to keel/ handle. Does your new DVD cover this subject in detail?

  3. Glad to hear you will be on woodwright once more carving bowls. Looking forward to the program. I enjoy the things you say. Your natural philosophical stayings are really wonderful. “It makes modern woodworkers nervous ” so true. “You can do that and be fine for the rest of your life”. It make sense
    Perhaps. A book of 17th century working peoples sayings and philosophys ? With beatiful calligraphic writing as in 17 th century books. Anyway have good one .

  4. Just starting in bowl and spoon carving. I have a Grandsons Burk hatchet and boner medium bowl gouge. I watched you use a bowl gouge with a very short handle and think it would be easier to use. Wood you mind providing your gouge maker’s contact information? Also, do you have plans for sale for the carving bench with three pegs that uses a wedge to hold work? I watched you use the bench on the Woodwright’s Shop.

  5. Hi Peter, et al, I am trying to locate a good set of plans for a high back Windsor chair that I would like to build. I am a retired Technology teacher from upstate NY. I was also a woodworking instructor for the Shopsmith Company for several years. I have done some searching but so far no real leads. Hoping you might be able to help. Thanks.

    Rod Wheeler

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