YAVA Galler& Arts Hub

Whittling Workshop

Beginners guide to whittling a small sculpture


Start your whittling journey with professional wood carving guidance.  Join wood carving artist Shlomit Moria for a hands-on experience.

Enjoy a relaxed day, chipping around in a circle, learning a new skill that you could later take anywhere with minimal tools– it's the kind of craft you can enjoy on your porch, near the campfire or even in your dining room table as you create small charming wonders.

Whittling embraces simplicity and allows your mind to focus on the present time, a wonderful way to unwind from the week and life challenges.

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What you will learn

  • In this class you will learn the basics of whittling. You'll find out about wood grain, learn about and use the hand tools to create a small figurine (or two) from start to finish – from the design stage and all the way to sanding, oiling and painting (if you wish).

What you will get

  • You will take home your own small figurine of your design and making.

What to bring

  • Please bring: your lunch, your hand tools (if you have them). You will be provided with: Wood, tools and safety gloves. Tea & coffee are availalble. Students will be offered a tool kit to purchase after the class

What to wear

Please wear closed toed shoes.

Appropriate for

No previous experience is needed for this class. You will be guided every step of the way. The class is suitable for over 16 year olds. The class is limited to 9 people, so please book your place in advance.

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Your Teacher

Shlomit Moria is a wood sculptor and a chainsaw carver from Warburton, Victoria.

A former graphic artist, Shlomit decided to follow her lifelong passion for the three-dimensional medium of wood sculpture. She established Bushwood Creations in mid 2015 and creates her works of art from reclaimed and salvaged timbers.

Shlomit has created many large scale sculptures for public places and businesses and participates in the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and regularly participates in Open Studios in Spring.

Shlomit enjoys introducing people to scupture through whittling classes particularly seeing their joy and satisfaction in creating a small sculpture from an ordinary piece of wood.

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 2 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$5.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

YAVA workshops are offered by YAVA in partnership with the Workshop facilitator.

Workshop payment is generally required at time of booking .  For payment over time options please enquire through workshops@yava.org.au.  

Useful Info:

Disabled access is available at the rear of YAVA, enter via Furmston Lane.  Otherwise suggested parking locations are:

- Shopping Centre carpark (3 hours)

- Furmston Lane (all day parking)

- River St Carpark (all day parking, access via Green St)

- Taber Lane (all day parking)

- other street parking, just check the signs.

Find us from the main street, near the pedestrian crossing, up the stairs in between Country Smart and Miss Spelt (see our balcony upstairs)

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