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 😉 ).
Spoon carving sisters – more workshop pics at bottom of the page
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 3,000 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
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 – $130 for the two knives so you can do final cuts and move on to new spoons. ($145 if left handed).
I also have optional purchases:
A 50mm bent knife (good for larger bowls – $60)
Specialist carving hatchet – $125 without cover (cost price – imported from UK)
Workshops run from 9-4-4:30.
Current class sizes are limited to four to allow maximum interaction.
Sunshine/Gold Coast $160
Questions? Please feel free to Email me or call 0409 349 752
Sunday August 9th, 2020 Fully booked
Sunday August 30th, 2020 2 spots left
Sunday September 13th, 2020
Sunday October 11th, 2020
**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.
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Final $100 cash on day. Tools available for purchase – $130 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 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.
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.
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.
Turtle hatchling from timber from local park. Approx 5cm long.
Below is a leatherback turtle – made from paperbark wood. Beeswax finish.
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. 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 found in park. 13cm long. A much easier whittling task. Permanently mounted on the stone.
Two sperm whales, Cyprus pine and willow wood. About 13cm long.
My take on a baby blue whale carved from Willow wood. Pectoral fins are a bit small. Just resting on wood for photographic purposes.
A smiling blue whale – interpretive piece. Carved from Olive wood. Took 30 hours.