$140 Stanwell Park CWA 10-4pm, 1st December 2018
About the Class
Imagine the satisfaction of scooping up a homemade lunch with a unique and beautiful wooden spoon made with your own hands. You can do this, anyone can. All you need is a day spent with the Spoonsmith. He’ll show you how to safely use the simple tools and carve your own wooden cutlery. Learn an age-old craft and discover the sense of meditation and slowness to be found in whittling one of life’s essential objects.
A day spoon carving with the Spoonsmith is an unhurried and mellow experience where you learn to use the tools of the trade in a safe and effective way. This workshop will guide you through the stages of axe work, knife work and hollowing out the bowl (that exciting part of the day when the spoon emerges). 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 spoon or two!
Suitable for: Adults (16+). All skill levels, no experience needed.
Provided: All materials, tools to use and a protective apron. Lunch provided too.
Bring: Covered shoes and a willingness to whittle.
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 and beyond.
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 workshops to suit everyone from beginners up.