Whale wooden sculptures – for sale

Delightful carved wood whale for wall

This delightful hand crafted wooden whale styled along the lines of a humpback whale or bow head whale

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Shark wooden sculptures (For Sale)

Shark sculptures

All shark sculptures are hand carved. Custom orders taken

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Half a great white shark

This hand carved art sculpture of a Great White Shark is made from Australian Lilly Pilly timber.

The item is one-off has been made using only carving axe and specialist knives. No power tools.

The timber has a raw wood finish that features other tool marks and slight imperfections that liken the sculpture to a real shark with life scars!

The object can be wall mounted or affixed to a board. The item includes basic wall hanging fixtures.

The item can be finished in a natural plant oil finish at small extra cost.
Length 215mm (8.5″”)

Can be shipped world-wide

Price $85 incl domestic shipping 

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Great White Shark on Stand (sold)

I personally very much liked this Great White Shark sculpture.

Hammerhead shark (sold)

Several of these have been made. Custom orders accepted. Pricing A$50-70.

Baby shark (sold)

baby shark

Spoon carving workshops

spoon carving class

Spooning sisters

Learn how to carve your own wooden spoon using traditional techniques and your own hands by attending this small group one day workshop led by your tutor, Matt Eliason (AKA Spoonguy) who has over 2,500 hours experience in spoon carving.

Held in Toowoomba, (an easy 1.5 hr drive from Brisbane if you are there!) the workshop covers:

  • Types of wood
  • Sourcing wood and things to consider
  • How to get the best spoon from wood
  • Concepts of spoon design
  • Demonstration of axe work (Hands on at the end of the day, time permitting)
  • Different safe grips, cutting stokes and other aspects while working on your own spoon
  • Dealing with issues of green wood carving while working the wood
  • Knives and knife sharpening
  • Finishing coatings

The day progresses at a gentle pace, with plenty of one-on-one attention that is only possible in a small group workshop environment.

We carve together, with tool work clearly demonstrated and students work followed to ensure safe and effective tool use.

We take a break for morning tea and afternoon tea (supplied) and lunch (bring your own).

At the end of the day you will have an eating spoon, or a cooking spoon or a serving  spoon that is very close to completion for you to take home.

Tools available for purchase at the end of the day –  $110 for the two knives so you can do final cuts and move on to new spoons.

I also have optional purchases:

  • Bent knife covers ($20) for sale on the day.
  • A 50mm bent knife (good for larger bowls – $60)
  • Specialist carving hatchet – $125 (cost price – imported from UK)

Workshops run from 9-4 or 9.30-4.30 if participants are traveling to attend.

Current class sizes are limited to four to allow maximum interaction.

Tuition fee:

  • Toowoomba $120,
  • Brisbane $150,
  • Sunshine/Gold Coast $160

Questions? Please feel free to Email me  or call 0409 349 752

Next workshops

  • March 31 – Sunday – Toowoomba (1 spot left)
  • April 27 – Saturday – Toowoomba
  • May 4-5  – demonstrating at Lost Trades – Toowoomba
  • May 6 – Monday – Toowoomba

**If you have 2-4 people and want to nominate your own date I’m happy to consider it.

Spoon carving workshops Brisbane, Gold/Sunshine Coast.  I will travel and conduct a workshop (minimum 4 people and extra fee applies). You need to provide the venue – backyard with shade will do.

NEW: You can now also purchase a Gift Voucher for a workshop.

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Final $100 cash on day. Tools available for purchase – $110 for the two knives.

I also have bent knife covers ($20) for sale on the day.

If you can arrange two people, I can do other dates by arrangement

About your tutor

Matt has been carving spoons since 2016. Using skills developed over that time (over 2500 hours carving), Matt has carved a wide variety of spoons using various timbers on almost a full-time basis.

Spoons are sold around the world for practical use and collection.

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Spoonguy

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A happy participant

Bottle brush one teaspoon measure – arthritis friendly

This nice one teaspoon measure spoon has a larger handle to allow better grip for people with arthritis or other issues with holding smaller items, but still wants to cook.

Of course it is also great for someone wanting a measuring spoon with a difference!

Made from bottle brush timber from a garden pruning that would have otherwise ended up in the chipper, it has been up-purpased to a useful item that will last for many years.

Finished with linseed oil and beeswax, it fits comfortably in the hand.

Measures:  Length 220mm (8 3/4″)

Buy today $30 (includes postage Australia-wide). 

     Local pickup (Toowoomba) by arrangement (-$10).

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Serving spoon /rice server – Plum wood

Serving spoon /rice server – Plum wood

This serving spoon/cooking spoon features attractive grain highlighted by the spoon bowl’s round shape.

The handle is an absolute joy to hold and fits the hand perfectly for serving or cooking.

Perfect for use in the kitchen for serving various foods like rice or where a broad or as a feature display piece.

Buy today $50 (includes postage Australia-wide). 

    Local pickup (Toowoomba) by arrangement.

 

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Beautiful Australian native Lilly Pilly wood small bowl

Beautiful Australian native Lilly Pilly wood small bowl

Beautiful small wooden bowl hand made from Australian native Lilly Pilly timber. This is a natural timber wood item from a sustainable source.

Featuring a bowl with an organic rim and attractive grain, the sides retain the bark. The item has been heat treated to kill any pathogens. Perfect for potpourri in the bathroom, ear-rings or rings at the makeup table, small change or as a conversation piece in any other room.

I personally hand carved it to become a shallow wooden bowl just using knives and sanded to a smooth finish before having several coats of natural vegetable gums to give it a durable and shiny finish.
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If you want a wonderful timber item, this is for you! (or as a gift 😉 ) It is so nice I hate to sell it!

Dimensions: 125mm (5in) x 80mm (3 1/4in) minimum depth 15mm

Price: $45 including postage Australia and world-wide

 

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Turtles

In keeping with my leaning to marine creatures that breath air there is also the turtle. So I whittled some turtles from wood. This differs from carving wood in that I use a pocket knife, not chisels.

Turtles are a ubiquitous sea creature found in tropical and subtropical waters. Perhaps it is their journey from the sandy nests on beaches as small, cute creatures. So my first effort was to mimic one of these hatchlings.

So far I have used smaller scraps of timber to create my small fish. Oddly, I have found them to be rather more involved than they seem Turtle hatchling from timber from local park. Approx 5cm long.

small turtle whittled from timber

Below is a leatherback turtle – made from paperbark wood. Beeswax finish.

greeback turtle carving

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Galley of Items (SOLD)

This is a small selection of items sold. Many, many sell at markets and are never photographed

Hand crafted using just a small tomahawk and special spoon carving knives, these attractive serving spoons are unique one-of-a-kind items.

Finished with a light coat of food grade linseed oil, these spoons would make a great addition to any home.

Buy for yourself or as a totally unique Christmas gift, wedding or birthday gift idea.

 

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A pod of whales

UPDATED JAN 2017

I suppose collectively the images here represent a pod of whales.

My whittling is done using a pocket knife, and sandpaper. I sometimes use a round file on tails where there is risk of the wood breaking. In desperate situations, such as the first whale on this page, I had to resort to using a tomahawk to remove some of the excess timber, such was the hardness of the wood, but these measures are a rarity.

I like the lines of the Sperm Whale, plus unlike many other whales, they do not have long flippers so this suits the smaller wood pieces to which I have easy access – including old branches from trees in parks.

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The whale above was made for my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday. Sperm Whale from hardwood. 30+ hours work. 17cm long. I like the grain pattern and the opportunistically placed knot for the eye. Made use of a natural borer hole and sandstone pebble from local park to mount it.
Small sperm whale This was a quicky little sperm whale. Only 5cm long. Again a fortunate knot allows him to see. From a bit of stick from the park…

Sperm whale from willow Sperm Whale from willow found in park. 13cm long. A much easier whittling task. Permanently mounted on the stone.

sperm whales from Cyprus pine

Two sperm whales, Cyprus pine and willow wood. About 13cm long.

Blue whale carving

My take on a baby blue whale carved from Willow wood. Pectoral fins are a bit small. Just resting on wood for photographic purposes.

Smiling blue whale carving

A smiling blue whale – interpretive piece. Carved from Olive wood. Took 30 hours.

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Platypus – whittling the egg-laying marsupial

The Platypus, Australia’s famous egg-laying marsupial had presented a wood whittling challenge for me.

I had tried once before to whittle a platypus and it ended up looking like a wooden blob. Much scouring of the internet for a more graceful pose has resulted in this rendition, made for my daughter’s 21st birthday gift.

The wood is willow, from a tree on the family property that had died before her birth, but the wood kept for special projects such as this.

The item measures 23.5cm long whittled platypus from willow