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Description

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking is delighted to offer for the first time a 2 day introductory course in ‘green’ Spoon Carving, taught by Master Craftsman - Robert Howard.
Spoon Carving is an ancient tradition around the world and has recently been enjoying a huge revival. Spoon carving is so appealing because in an age where life is so busy & noisy, and work produces almost nothing tangible to satisfy our creative souls, spoon carving offers an eloquently simple moment in time to quieten the mind and focus meditatively on a single piece of green wood.
The spoon is the very first utensil that most people learn to use. It is one of life’s most essential objects. Spoons are about tradition, design and function. Their form is sculptural, yet the object so innately practical.
Another great appeal of spoon carving is that it requires at the very least, 3 tools – an axe, a knife and a bent knife. It’s very accessible to everyone and can be undertaken just about anywhere.
Please come and join us for this meditative 2 day journey, exploring the use of green timber and traditional tool use. Sharpening and timber finishing will also be covered in this course. All materials and tools will be supplied. Complete beginners are very welcome!

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What you will learn
  • The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking is delighted to offer for the first time a 2 day introductory course in ‘green’ Spoon Carving, taught by Master Craftsman - Robert Howard.
What you will get
  • All materials included
  • Tuition under an expert teacher

What to bring
  • Pen and notebook
What to wear

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Appropriate for

Beginners are welcome. Experience in woodworking is not necessary.


The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking or organised by Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking must agree to these terms and conditions.

1.) LIABILITY WAIVER

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

2.) PHOTO & VIDEO

I agree to give Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking classes and events or on Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking's premises. (For use of Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking marketing materials).

3.) REFUNDS

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 

4.) CANCELLATIONS

In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Terms & Conditions

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking to organise a refund or transfer

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