Green Wood Spoon Carving Class

Learn how to hand carve a wooden spoon


Julian Jones

Julian Jones

2k+
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Think Thornbury

Think Thornbury

2k+
5.0 stars (25+)

3 hours Class size 1 to 15 label $176 or 4 payments of $44 Afterpay


In-person classes are permitted in Victoria, under the state government's guidelines

Whittle away the hours as we carve a wooden spoon together! You will learn the fundamentals of safe axe and knife techniques and all the ways of working with green wood in this hands-on Melbourne class.

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 class, which is perfect for beginners and anyone over the age of 16, 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. You will also receive advice and recommendations on continuing this rewarding practice at home.

At the end of the class, you will take home your own hand-carved wooden spoon which has been finished with a natural hemp seed oil and beeswax mix, as well as instructions to make your own mix at home to keep your spoon in great condition.


Knowledge Required
No experience needed. Beginners welcome.
 
What you'll get
- 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.
 
What to bring
All tools and materials will be provided, just bring your enthusiasm and commonsense for working with sharp knives.

What to wear
Wear closed-toed shoes and practical clothing.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 16 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.

Location

Think Thornbury, 800 High St, Thornbury Victoria

Your teacher
Julian Jones

Julian Jones

2k+
5.0 stars (25+)

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.




Your host
Think Thornbury
Think Thornbury

2k+
5.0 stars (25+)

Think is a combined shopfront and creative events venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.

We formed to nurture and support our local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.

Our store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, while our workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through our workshop series and creative events.

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