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Japanese Spoon Carving

Crafts

Japanese Spoon Carving

95 reviews
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
Crafts

Japanese Spoon Carving

Crafts

Japanese Spoon Carving

95 reviews
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

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.

Your host

Melanie

Melanie

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.

What's included

Food
Charcuterie Board Refreshing Drinks
Drinks
Refreshing Juices. Sparking Water
Equipment
Spoon Blank Sandpaper + Tools

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Where you'll be

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.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests aged 18 and up can attend.

More tips

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.
Melanie
Japanese Spoon Carving
95 reviews
From ₹7,382/person
95 reviews
From ₹7,382/person