Spoon carving workshops

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Learn how to carve your own wooden spoon using traditional techniques and your own hands by attending this Toowoomba based  small group one day workshop led by your tutor, Matt Eliason (AKA Spoonguy) who has over 3,800 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 yourself 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 if you wish –  $150 for the two knives so you can do final cuts and move on to new spoons. ($155 if left handed).

I also have optional purchases:

  • A 50mm bent knife (good for larger bowls – $65)

Workshops run from 9am-4 pm

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

Tuition fee:

  • Toowoomba $150
  • Brisbane $175

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

Next workshops

  • Workshops recommence in late March or early April, 2022, depending on the weather.
  • Workshops are run most months.
  • Ask about workshops etc using the form below.

**If you have 3-4 people and want to nominate your own date I’m happy to consider it.

Spoon carving workshops Brisbane.  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 $ cash on day. Tools available for purchase – $150 for the two knives.

    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 3000 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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    Wooden flower making class for kids


    If your child likes whittling sticks to points, or otherwise reducing sticks to shavings using their pocketknife, this workshop might suit them down to the ground.

    Wooden flower making with cover:

    • Types of wood
    • Best time to carve the wood (a bit dry but not too much)
    • Knife safety
    • Hands on – lets make flowers!…with the usual fails as part of the learning process.

    This course is for ages 9 and up. A parent/guardian MUST also attend. This is so there eyes are on every child all the time and also so that more flowers can be made later at home with someone else who has seen how to do it.

    Class lasts 1.5 hrs

    Wood is supplied but each child needs to bring a sharp pocket knife or paring knife of a size appropriate to the child’s hands (i.e. small)

    Price $25 per child – max 6 in the class

    Booking – sorry class is full

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      Wooden Flower Making Workshop


      Kids flower making workshop per child (max 2 per family)


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      dyed gypsie flowers

      whittled flowers

      Important information

      This workshop involves the use of sharp knives. As such, though low, there is a risk of injury. The participating parent or guardian is responsible to maintain a close what on their charge as the tutor will be circulating assisting everyone and therefor cannot keep eyes on every child. This risk needs to be acknowledged and accepted when booking.

      Beautiful Australian native cherry wood small bowls

      Beautiful Australian native  cherry small bowls

      Beautiful small wooden bowls hand made from Australian Native Cherry timber. This is a natural timber wood item from a sustainable source.

      Featuring a bowl with an organic rim and attractive grain, on the darker one sides retain the bark. The bowl with bark 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 them to become a shallow wooden bowl just using knives and sanded to a smooth finish before having  coat of flaxseed and natural beeswax to give them a durable satin finish.

      If you want a wonderful timber item, this is for you! (or as a gift 😉 ).

      Dimensions: 110mm (5in) x 60mm (3 1/4in) minimum depth 15mm (approx).

      Price: $30 each including postage Australia and world-wide, discount for two. Contact me if you want both at $50.

      Both   SOLD

      Small wooden bowl






      Spoon carving workshop Gift Voucher

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      Spoon carving workshops are increasing in popularity.

      Many people who may not want to do a workshop themselves  but maybe they know someone who would.

      What better gift than a voucher for a traditional wood spoon carving workshop!

      Now you can gift the gift of a workshop by purchasing a voucher. These cover the cost of a workshop in Toowoomba.

      The recipient will be able to select one of the upcoming workshop dates (updated every month) and choose one to suit their timetable.

      Note: Vouchers are applicable to Toowoomba based workshops only.

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        Not so much spoons, as works of art

        Ancient Eucalyptus Stick Spoon

        This ancient Eucalyptus stick spoon is a perfect item for the collector of the unusual/ novel collectibles.

        Crafted from an ancient branch, t features a hollowed out knot hole, a heavily eroded side and a side that shows glorious deep red colours in sunlight.

        The item has been finished with several coats of special vegetable gum sealer that gives the item a natural sheen.

        It is 165mm in length.

        Price $85 including shipping Australia-wide.


        Sold Leichhardt Tree Root Spoon

        SOLD  White acacia stick spoon

        SOLD Eucalyptus Stick Spoon

        This quirky Eucalyptus stick spoon is a perfect item for the collector of the unusual/ novel collectibles.

        Shark wooden sculptures (For Sale)

        Shark sculptures

        All shark sculptures are hand carved. Custom orders taken

        Hammerhead shark

        Carved from Jacaranda timber, this hammerhead shark has been finished with raw linseed oil and natural beeswax.

        Price is A$60 incl postage to Australia –  overseas buyers please contact me.



        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 

        Click images for larger

        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

        Water lily flowers

        Water lilies are loved for their striking flowers that add colour to shallow pools of water…a real contradiction of a flower away from the soil.

        Photographed in late afternoon light, here are two pink water lilies that reside in the wetland of West Creek Park in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia.

        The water lily photograph is suited to any home seeking a striking image that also maintains it link to calmness associated with lotus and lilies.

        Water lily photo for sale

        The image is 13×8.5 inches but will print smaller or to 4x this size quite comfortably. There is room for cropping for other formats (i.e. it can also be printed square, 10×12 etc). You can have this printed at any place that prints photos.

        $10 for private use only.

        This photo is available for sale as a digital download without large watermark or thin black border, ready to print.

        Note: Canvas prints or professionally framed prints can be arranged for Australian and USA customers. Please contact me.





        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





        NZ waterfall

        The Milford Sound road on New Zealand’s South Island provides many opportunities to access some incredible locations and scenes by following established tracks.

        One is this fine area of rushing water and rocks on the track to Lake Marion.

        Despite the lack of rainfall in recent weeks there was still a lot of water roaring over the rocks at a volume that made almost shouting needed to hold a conversation.

        By purchasing and printing this image you can provide scene of movement and energy to many parts of your home or office.


        Falls on the way to lake Marion

        This print suits printing at 8×12 inch format E.g. also 16×24) and also looks great at a 18×32 inch semi-panorama crop.

        For sale for private use only

        This image is available without large watermark for digital download,  ready to print.

        If you wish to purchase a framed or canvas of this image, please contact me.





        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 or kunos oil.

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