Join professional Spoonsmith, Jeff Donne, for a hands-on day of carving your own beautiful kitchen utensils using a small axe, some specialised carving knives and your hands. Carve spoons, butter spreaders, spatulas and spurtles straight from a tree 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 axe work 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 log of sustainably sourced native timber and ends up with a utensil or two! And all the shavings will be composted at our farm.
Suitable for: Adults (16+). All skill levels, no experience needed.
Provided: All materials, tools and a protective apron. Tea, water and fruit. (BYO lunch or buy nearby.)
Bring: Covered shoes and a willingness to whittle.
Teacher: The Spoonsmith, Jeff Donne, is from Pambula on the beautiful NSW Sapphire Coast. He makes wooden cutlery buddies to take with you on your favourite foodie adventures. He starts with a sustainably sourced tree and uses only simple handtools 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 he likes to share, so he also passes these skills onto others through a range of little courses to suit everyone from beginners up.