A little dream of mine came true last week. I've been following Ariele Alasko on Instagram for a long time. I am so inspired by her work. It's truly fantastic! She started carving spoons a couple years ago, I believe. And I literally thought that was the coolest thing I've ever seen. She posted a short video on Instagram showing how she carves the bowl of the spoon, and I thought with the right tools and education, I could definitely do that myself.
So, taking a wooden carving class has been on my top list of things to Try this year. I found one on Coursehorse that wasn't too crazy expensive, and booked it immediately. The Spoon Carving class was hosted by Makeshift Society and was taught by Melanie Abrantes. We used a mix of Japanese techniques and tools to carve.
It was so much fun! Oddly, it was also so relaxing and cathartic. We all sat around a large table with craft paper, chatted and carved away. Melanie was so great. Very friendly, down to earth, and a great teacher. I ended up buying her kit, and a couple carving blanks.
I immediately texted my dad, and started making plans for us to go buy and cut wood when I'm home over Labor Day (future thanks, dad!). I may or may not have purchased a second tool, and now I think I'm in the need of a water stone to keep those tools sharp.
I'll be sure to keep you updated with my carving here on the blog, and on Insta (follow me @corischwabe)!
Click through to see the spoon process: