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Traditional Wood Spoon Carving

Learn the traditional craft of carving your own beautiful kitchen utensils!

This 6-hr workshop runs on the following dates in 2022:

Sat 19 Mar / Sunday 26 Jun / Sat 3 Sep / Sat Oct 15 / Sun 4 Dec

from $135 | 1 day

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Join Industrial designer and spoon carver, Alma Arriaga, for a hands-on day of carving your own beautiful kitchen utensils using specialised carving knives and your hands. Carve spoons, butter spreaders, spatulas or spurtles from a piece of wood using traditional skills and experience the blissful feeling of whittling away the hours at an unhurried pace. Learn an age-old craft and discover the sense of meditation and slowness to be found in whittling life’s essential objects.

This workshop will guide you through the stages of selecting timber, designing your utensils and knife work. 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 piece of timber of sustainably sourced native timber and ends up with a utensil or two!

Suitable for: Adults (16+). All skill levels, no experience needed.

Alma Arriaga is an Industrial Designer and a spoon carving trainer specialised in handmade timber projects. She founded Decoteca in 2014, in Monterrey, Mexico, a design studio that gave her a space to create her own timber pieces, encouraged local talent and opened a platform to promote new design ideas.
Since then, Alma has been involved in a vast array of projects that include handmade pieces and diverse wood carving projects.

Alma is currently making furniture, carving spoons and other timber objects in her workshop in Melbourne, Australia. More than ever before, she is eager to share her knowledge and experience with any timber enthusiasts out there.

What you will learn

  • The skills required to carve and finish your own wooden kitchen utensils
  • Correct usage of hand tools
  • Gain the knowledge required to select sustainable wood that is suitable for carving

What you will get

  • Take home your own one of a kind hand-made object that will last a lifetime

What to bring

  • Just yourself!

What to wear

Casual, comfortable clothes, ensure enclosed shoes are worn.

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.