Spoon Jam pre-fest sessions - Two day pole lathe workshop with Jeff Donne

Thu, 01 November 2018, 10:00 AM - Fri, 02 November 2018, 4:00 PM [AEST]

Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula Beach, NSW, Australia


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Thu, 01 November 2018, 10:00 AM - Fri, 02 November 2018, 4:00 PM [AEST]

About the Events

Two day pre-fest pole lathe workshop with Jeff Donne (Spoonsmith)

In this two day workshop you will be introduced to the art of making spoons and other household goods on a foot powered pole lathe. Jeff has more than 20 year's experience using the pole lathe and he will guide you through the tools, processes and skills required to use this wonderful piece of traditional machinery.

Five students will each be assigned their own pole lathe to use and shown the techniques needed to turn a log into a beautiful scoop using your leg, hands and a sprinkling of simple tools.

We will start with the basics: timber selection, riving, rough shaping with an axe, and then it's on to the pole lathe to make your first utensil - a traditional Scottish spurtle - before building skills and confidence to make your own scoop on the second day.

Use of all spindle pole lathe tools will be covered, including roughing gouge, spindle gouge, skew chisel, flat chisel, burning wires, and burnishing. All specialist pole lathe tools will be provided, but you should plan to bring a carving axe, hook tool, and sloyd knife (although we can provide these if needed).

Come and learn the craft of the Bodger!

Both days run from 10am - 4pm.

For people aged 16 and over.

This workshop does not include entry into Spoon Jam on 3 & 4 November. Pre-fest session ticket holders will be given first dibs on Spoon Jam tickets. We will contact pre-fest ticket holders with an email and booking link three days before Spoon Jam tickets open to everyone else.

As ticket sales from pre-jam workshops contribute to the costs of getting these amazing folks to Australia, the pre-Jam tickets are non-refundable, but they can be transferred to another person if required.

Full cancellation and liability policy.

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About the Organizer

Jeff Donne is one of Australia's best known spoon carvers with many years of carving and teaching under his belt. He teaches the traditional method of spoon carving where a small axe and a sharp knife are used to slice away layers of wood from a freshly cut log. It's pure analogue bliss!

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