Introduction to Green Wood Spoon Carving

Hand Carve a Wooden Spoon

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Whittle away the hours as we carve a wooden spoon together! Learn the fundamentals of safe axe and knife techniques and all the ways of working with green wood. 

Before the industrial revolution made it simpler to mass produce metal cutlery, hand carved wooden spoons were the staple utensil of every household. They were carved green from local timber, by a local artisan. By returning to these ancient roots and eliminating the intermediate/industrialised steps of milling and drying lumber, you can get closer to nature and understand and appreciate the craft better as well. 

This workshop will introduce you to the quiet, satisfying and productive craft of green wood spoon carving, with a minimal toolkit, and without the use of noisy and expensive power tools.

About the teacher

~ Julian Jones/Littlebear Sloyd ~ 

Julian is a certified wooden spoon tragic and has carved hundreds of spoons from his Fitzroy North apartment courtyard. He also has a bachelors degree in history, and did extensive research into the history of spoon carving in Wales for his final project. Joining together the craft of spoon carving and the study of material culture history is his way to rediscover the role of the wooden spoon in the household. Julian uses his spoons every day and encourages others to make functional objects and do the same. 

~ www.littlebearsloyd.com.au ~

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What you will learn
  • Learn to use the carving axe, sloyd knife, and hook knife.
  • Learn about the accessible and rewarding craft of spoon carving.
  • Learn how to work with green timber: where/how to get wood, carving techniques, and drying and finishing your work.
What you will get
  • Fundamental woodcarving skills and your own hand carved wooden spoon.
  • My mix of organic hemp seed oil and natural beeswax for finishing/maintaining your spoon, and instructions to make your own at home.
  • Advice and recommendations on beginner/budget friendly tools to get started in this rewarding craft.

What to bring
  • All tools and materials will be provided, just bring your enthusiasm and commonsense for working with sharp knives.
What to wear

Wear closed toed shoes and practical clothing.

Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 16

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment. 

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.

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Terms & Conditions


We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @thinkthornbury or with our community. Our photographs often contain your hands while you work but may also show your face. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.

You can send us an email prior to class hello@thinkthornbury.com or just give us a heads up at the start of class. 

We want to make sure you feel comfortable and at home in Think Thornbury!

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29 June 2020 • Introduction to Green Wood Spoon Carving

This was a wonderful course and I had a fantastic time! Julian took us through many different carving techniques, and we were very quickly happily carving away. He also gave us lots of great information on all aspects of spoon carving, in a very friendly and knowledgeable way. I had so much fun carving my spoon, it looks great, and I can’t wait to carve more. I highly recommend this course to anyone. Thank you so much Julian, and Think Thornbury for the lovely space!


28 June 2020 • Introduction to Green Wood Spoon Carving

It was a wonderful workshop for absolute beginners to spoon carving using green wood. Julian is a very lovely instructor with a warm and encouraging attitude. He passed his love and enthusiasm for spoon carving and different types of wood to the participants. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!


08 April 2020 • Introduction to Green Wood Spoon Carving

love your work and your t-shirt

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