Offered through the Jinéit Art Academy, a Sealaska Heritage art program.
Instructor: Steve Brown
Location: Ketchikan 615 Steadman St.
Dates: Friday September 21- Monday September 24
To ensure that the endangered art of goat horn spoon carving techniques and associated cultural knowledge and protocols are passed on to future generations.
This four day course will focus on developing the skills, constructing the molds, and learning the techniques involved with creating the shape of a goat horn spoon. Because of the complexity of the processes involved with creating a traditionally formed spoon and carved handle, we will touch on the basics of carving the horn, but focus primarily on molding the horn into the traditional horn spoon shape.
Carved spoons between 1840 and the 1900s were far more than utilitarian objects. They played a vital role in ceremonies and social functions and served as elaborate records of important events. Traditionally mountain goat horns were used for making the spoons. In the late 1700’s cow horns began to be used instead of dall sheep. For our purposes we will be using raw sheep horns to practice the traditional techniques of forming a goat horn spoon.
SHI is seeking Alaska Native apprentices to learn goat horn spoon carving from Mentor Steve Brown.
Preference will be given to artists who have prior carving experience, have a commitment to passing on the art form to future generations, and can attend all 32 hours of classes.
Although the Apprenticeship will take place in Juneau, SHI encourages anyone interested from other Southeast Alaska communities to participate as well.
Max Student capacity: 10
PRE COURSE HORN PREPARATION
This class will require some horn preparation prior to the course date. Instructions and supplies will be mailed to you. To complete the course in our limited time, the horns must be prepped prior to attending class.
Students will learn methods of boiling, forming, and carving the horn into the spoon. Students will also learn from their instructor the variety of tools needed to form the spoons and how to create these tools on their own. Because of our limited time in this course, we will not plan on carving the handle of the spoon. However, instructors will go over this process, and apprentices will have the opportunity to study historical spoons during a visit to SHI's historical collections.
There is no instruction fee for this course. However, we encourage participants to provide their own mountain goat horn if possible. If a student is unable to obtain a mountain goat horn for this course, we will provide students with a raw bull horn.
If you have a mountain goat horn in mind and are unsure if it will meet the requirements for this course, please email Sydney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you have access to purchase a goat horn, SHI will reimburse your expense, so long as the cost is reasonable. For reimbursement, please submit a receipt of purchase to SHI.
SHI will provide the tools needed for this course.
We will offer a stipend (TBD) to apprentices who do not live in Juneau to help defray some of the travel/accommodation costs.
Limited sections of this class will be videotaped.
All apprentices will be asked to sign a media waiver.
Friday, September 21, 8am-5pm
Saturday, September 22, 8am-5pm
Sunday, September 23, 8am-5pm
Monday, September 24, 8am-5pm
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For any further questions, please contact Sydney Akagi at (907) 586-9230 or email@example.com