Whittle away the hours as we carve a wooden spoon together! Learn the fundamentals of safe axe and knife techniques and all the ways of working with green wood.
Before the industrial revolution made it simpler to mass produce metal cutlery, hand carved wooden spoons were the staple utensil of every household. They were carved green from local timber, by a local artisan. By returning to these ancient roots and eliminating the intermediate/industrialised steps of milling and drying lumber, you can get closer to nature and understand and appreciate the craft better as well.
This workshop will introduce you to the quiet, satisfying and productive craft of green wood spoon carving, with a minimal toolkit, and without the use of noisy and expensive power tools.
About the teacher
~ Julian Jones/Littlebear Sloyd ~
Julian is a certified wooden spoon tragic and has carved hundreds of spoons from his Fitzroy North apartment courtyard. He also has a bachelors degree in history, and did extensive research into the history of spoon carving in Wales for his final project. Joining together the craft of spoon carving and the study of material culture history is his way to rediscover the role of the wooden spoon in the household. Julian uses his spoons every day and encourages others to make functional objects and do the same.
~ www.littlebearsloyd.com.au ~
- Learn to use the carving axe, sloyd knife, and hook knife.
- Learn about the accessible and rewarding craft of spoon carving.
- Learn how to work with green timber: where/how to get wood, carving techniques, and drying and finishing your work.
- Fundamental woodcarving skills and your own hand carved wooden spoon.
- My mix of organic hemp seed oil and natural beeswax for finishing/maintaining your spoon, and instructions to make your own at home.
- Advice and recommendations on beginner/budget friendly tools to get started in this rewarding craft.
- All tools and materials will be provided, just bring your enthusiasm and commonsense for working with sharp knives.
Wear closed toed shoes and practical clothing.
Anyone over the age of 16
Vendor since 2017
Think is a combined shopfront and creative workshop venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.
Think formed to nurture and support a local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.
The store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, whilst the workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through workshops and other creative events.
Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.
We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @thinkthornbury or with our community. Our photographs often contain your hands while you work but may also show your face. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.
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