The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a premier flower show, Grand Parade Food and Wine event plus a whole range of other things to do!
The dates of the Carnival is September 1-30 – yes it is now a whole month of what’s on activities!
Why not add something else to the what’s on list and participate in a craft that has been around for hundreds of years!
Learn to hand carve a wonderful wooden spoon!
A wooden spoon is more than a functional tool, it can also be a work of art, a sculpture that reflects the makers input and the response of the wood.
Creating a spoon takes an element from our natural environment and through the relationship of the inherent properties of the piece of wood and the skill of maker into a negotiated result. You cannot argue with the wood!
Small group ensures personal attention for every participant. Suitable for women and men. No previous experience needed and all materials and tools supplied.
These one day workshops can be incorporated into an overnight or longer visit to Toowoomba so you have plenty of time to visit the Competition Gardens, sample the Food and Wine festival, the Floral Parade and more during your stay!
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 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
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.
Questions? Please feel free to Email me or call 0409 349 752
Sunday 12 September – Toowoomba – 4 spots – make it part of your Carnival of Flowers weekend visit
Monday 13 September – Toowoomba – 2 spots – make it part of your Carnival of Flowers weekend visit
Sunday 17 October – Toowoomba – 4 spots
**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.
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)
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 sharppocket 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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Kids flower making workshop per child (max 2 per family)
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 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 😉 ).
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.