Japanese wood carving is rooted in personal wellness, relaxation, and an age-old meditative tradition of making with your hands. For me, it's the best way to express and channel my creative energy as a designer. I will teach you how to hand carve your own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a slow breathing exercise that leads into a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once you have a basic understanding, I will guide you through the process of carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon. When the final design has been reached, we will find zen in our creation.
Product designer and maker Melanie Abrantes runs her own business in Oakland and sells her designs in small shops and retail stores nationwide, including Urban Outfitters and West Elm. She's been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Anthology, Domino magazine, Dwell, and Bon Appétit. She is the author of Penguin Random House's book, "Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling" coming out August 2017.
Charcuterie Board Refreshing Drinks
Refreshing Juices. Sparking Water
Spoon Blank Sandpaper + Tools
We will be in my wood working studio in Oakland, CA. My space is in an old tomato-factory with brick walls and lots of saw dust! Close to both west oakland bart and the 880 freeway.
Please wear closed-toe shoes, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. We will be carving and making a beautiful mess! Our studio entrance is in the back of the building near the train tracks.