We are so excited to announce that Melanie is coming out with a DIY wood carving book It is being published by Clarkson Potter / Penguin Random House due to come out August 22, 2017. Choose from a dozen projects that include beautiful photographs and easy instructions--and require just a few hours and a tool or two to complete. In the book you’ll learn how to choose the right knife and wood, helpful information on techniques and safety, and tips for personalizing and maintaining a nished piece with staining, burning, monogramming, and more.Whether you pack this guide for your next camping trip or bring it to the porch, this is the ultimate introduction to chiseling small objects and utensils--and in the process carving out a little peace and quiet for yourself.
Using traditional Japanese tools in this wooden spoon carving class, you will learn how to design, carve and hollow out the bowl of the spoon. As well as sand and finish the piece. It's a fun class and easy for anyone to learn. The best part is you get to leave the class with your very own custom creation. All supplies, a 15 mm spoon gouge and Mikikicha carving knife, are included and will go home with you. This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+)
See where Melanie is teaching her next workshop on her Calendar. It is updated regularly.
Worried about being a first-time spoon carver? Read Jody Hollis' testimonial as her experience as a student in a class in Victoria, Canada.
"I have never done any woodworking and I don’t consider myself creative so I was excited to see if I would indeed leave the 3 hour workshop with my own custom created spoon that looked anything like the beautiful pictures posted about the workshop.I was pleasantly surprised that not only did I have an amazing afternoon hanging out with some fun people but I did create a beautiful wooden spoon. Who would have thought! For someone like me who probably will never be considered artsy or creative, I never felt uncomfortable or like I didn’t belong in the environment.I felt excited, interested and grateful that I had the opportunity to do something new and really out of the box for me. I have to give kudos to the teacher of the workshop, Melanie Abrantes for her patience, as I am sure I asked 1000 questions. I was so nervous that I might cut off my finger with the Japanese tools or that I may be the only failure to come out of the workshop, it made me overly inquisitive. Melanie was so cute, lovely and helpful as she answered all my questions with a lightness in her tone that put me at ease and made the learning experience relaxed and enjoyable." From Jody's blog, LivingHollisStyle.com
Melanie Abrantes Designs rents out products, teaches workshops and produces events. She also teaches private classes from 5-10 students for wood carving and spoon carving in her studio in Oakland,CA or remotely at different locations. Please contact her at email@example.com if you or your company are interested in any of these services.