Hand Carve a Custom Wood Bowl

Learn the art of wood carving by creating a custom bowl


What you’ll be making – A handmade wood bowl, with or without feet, perfect for as a custom catch-all or jewelry holder.

Skill Level : Beginner — no prior experience is required.

Tools and techniques : You will create your bowl by carving and whittling using Japanese Carving Tools.

Length: 4 hours

Class size: ~10 people with a max of 15

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Guest – $195 per person: You will make one bowl. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Buddy Up – $260: You and a friend will make ONE bowl together. At least one person must be 18+. 

Buddy Up PLUS – $320: You and a friend will EACH make one bowl. At least one person must be 18+. 

This workshop is designed and taught by Melanie Abrantes, a renowned Bay Area-based producer of handcrafted, heirloom objects. Melanie believes that in order to create something beautiful, you have to get your hands dirty. She founded her company in 2013 when she realized there was a growing American market for handmade goods.

Melanie specializes in using Japanese hand tools to make beautiful things. In this workshop, she’ll introduce you to Japanese Bowl Gouge, Japanese Straight Chisel, carving knife, and Shinto Rasp and show them how to use them to make your bowl.

The workshop starts with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools you’ll be using, and an overview of the techniques used to cut and shape wood. Once you get comfortable with them, Melanie will guide you as you carve the inside of your bowl with a bowl gouge. Next, she’ll help you design and whittle the outside of your bowl using a straight chisel and a carving knife. Once you’ve shaped your bowl, Melanie will help you put the finishing touches on your masterpiece.

All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools at a discounted rate to continue your wood carving adventures at home!