The public is encouraged to attend! All activities are free unless otherwise noted. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please know that outdoor events are weather sensitive and may be canceled or postponed due to rain, extreme temperatures or disaster.

​Spoon Whittling Demonstration

with Paul Pendola
​Spoon River Spoon Company
​​Saturday, December 10, 2016
Interpretive Center
​Apple River Fort SHS​

11AM to 3PM







Saturday, March 18, 2017
Interpretive Center
​Apple River Fort SHS

1o:30AM to 11:30AM

Right: Clamshell sugar mold courtesy of
Kelly Schott, Historical Pathways.​

​​​The program will focus on how sugar was manufactured among Native Americans in the 1800s and will provide historical background on the origins of  sugaring, along with information regarding the early tools used in the process. The program will feature a Power Point presentation and Q&A, followed by tastings of maple sap and maple sugar goodies.

The presenter, Kelly Schott, is the owner of  Historical Pathways, which provides historical presentations along with museum consultations for living history events. Ms. Schott has been a favorite participant in several Living History events at the Apple River Fort with her historically accurate impressions of early Native American Sauk life-ways.
Out of necessity, the early settlers often created their own cooking utensils. They were made to meet the specific kitchen needs of the housewife and with use would sometimes break or burn so had to be replaced by the family's wood carver. This spoon-carving craft seems a lost art today. However, Paul Pendola is reviving this age-old craft and will share his knowledge and skill at the Apple River Fort SHS in Elizabeth.

Paul will demonstrate how he creates uniquely beautiful and useful wooden spoons and spatulas, hand-carved in the traditional style, using only a carving ax, straight knife, sandpaper and a scraping tool. He will also explain how to finish carved spoons so they are 100% food safe. Paul will be available to answer questions about this traditional wood-working craft.