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Japanese Spoon Carving

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Japanese Spoon Carving

105 reviews
Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Japanese Spoon Carving

workshop

Japanese Spoon Carving

105 reviews
Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
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

Learn more about 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.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 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.

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Melanie
Japanese Spoon Carving
105 reviews
$100/person
105 reviews
$100/person