The Hand Carved Kitchen

6 hours
Stanwell Park CWA Hall

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 or 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 some of 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!

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

Provided: All materials, tools and a protective apron. Lunch provided too.

Bring: Covered shoes and a willingness to whittle.

Jeff Donne

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.

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