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Spoon Carving Workshop with Melanie Abrantes

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Saturday, November 3, 2018, 12 PM - 3 PM
Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA
777 S. Alameda St. #174 Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 372 - 5686

Designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in 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, students will sand and finish their spoons with an all-natural finish. All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools at a discounted rate to continue your spoon making practice at home!

  • Melanie Abrantes is the owner, designer, and maker behind Melanie Abrantes Designs. Using the technique of woodturning, Melanie creates vases, planters, and everyday items in her Oakland, California studio. Her designs are made to celebrate the simplicity of everyday living. Featured in Country Livings top 100 creatives in 2018, Melanie is at the forefront of creating sustainable and innovative designs in her industry. Since starting her business in 2013 she has been featured in Domino, Dwell, Bon Appetit and more. Her work can be found in shops and retail stores nationwide and abroad.

The Class includes: 
    • Tool Rental: Japanese Spoon Gouge, Whittling Knife, Work Bench, and Shinto Rasp
    • Basswood Spoon blank
    • Instructions + Video Tutorialtechniques, and brainstorm ideas for projects
    • Branded Muslin Bag
    • Wood Butter
    • Sandpaper
    • Finishing Cloth

  • All supplies are included in the workshop. You’ll also, receive a 15% discount at Poketo Project Space as well as all future workshops. Please read our Workshop FAQ for more info. 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early and check in at the brand new Poketo Project Space at the Row, a new community of independent retailers and restaurants. Parking is free in the parking structure on site. All materials are included in the workshop 

    If you are no longer able to attend, we are able to provide online store credit only if the cancellation is made more than two weeks prior to the course date. Should you have any questions, or if this workshop is sold out and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please visit our Workshops FAQ's page or email