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Join professional Spoonsmith, Jeff Donne, for a hands-on day of carving your own beautiful kitchen utensils using a small axe, some specialised carving knives and your hands. Carve spoons, butter spreaders, spatulas or spurtles straight from a tree using traditional skills and experience the blissful feeling of whittling away the hours at an unhurried pace. Learn an age-old craft and discover the sense of meditation and slowness to be found in whittling life's essential objects.
This workshop will guide you through the stages of axe work and knife work. Learn about sourcing sustainable materials, the basics of traditional tool use, and how to safely turn a log into your favourite wooden utensil. Everyone starts with a log of sustainably sourced native timber and ends up with a utensil or two!
Suitable for: Adults (16+). All skill levels, no experience needed.
Provided: All materials, tools and a protective apron.
Jeff Donne is one of Australia's best known spoon carvers with many years of carving and teaching under his belt. He teaches the traditional method of spoon carving where a small axe and knife are used to slice away layers of wood from a freshly cut log. It's pure analogue bliss!
Based in Pambula on the beautiful NSW Sapphire Coast, Jeff's roving Spoon School is often found roaming the land from Tassie to Alice Springs.
When he's not teaching, he's crafting, using only simple hand tools and a sprinkling of lost ways to make a range of soulful goods. Shaping wood by hand for the sake of happy growing and eating is something that Jeff likes to share, so he also passes these skills onto others through a range of little workshops to suit everyone from beginners up.
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- Carving and whittling methods
- Hands-on participation
- Sourcing sustainable materials
- Take home your finished utensil(s)
- Willingness to whittle
Casual, suitable for outdoor work and covered footwear
Adults wanting to learn whittling and carving
Vendor since 2013
CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.
CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.
Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.