Spoon Jam pre-fest session: One day puppet carving workshop

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [AEST]

21, Naas Road, Tharwa, ACT, 2620, Australia

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Thursday, 24 October 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM [AEST]

Cuppacumbalong, 21, Tharwa, ACT, 2620, Australia.

One day puppet carving workshop, includes camping at Cuppacumbalong and all meals.

Tharwa NSW (about 20 minutes from Canberra)

Learn the old and nearly forgotten craft of carving a stringed marionette puppet straight from a tree. You'll discover how every tree has hidden in it a whole family of puppets, and how to use a range of slow carving techniques to find your very own timeless companion.

You'll learn to design and carve a small marionette two stringed puppet using just a whittling knife and a small axe. Learn how to safely carve different expressions on a face, how to articulate different parts of the body and how to make your happy little creation spring to life!

There are only a handful of people making puppets this way throughout the world, so join professional wood carver and puppet maker, Jeff Donne to learn the pleasures of carving at an unhurried pace and how to carve a puppet just like Geppetto did!

Absolutely no experience needed, for ages 16+. All tools to use and materials provided. 

This year's Spoon Jam and pre-Jam workshops has all meals provided (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) and BYO camping included in the ticket price, so all you need to do is camp, carve and eat, and we'll take care of the rest! If camping isn't your cup of tea, there are glamping bell tents with real beds and rooms at the homestead available directly through the Cuppacumbalong Homestead.

Enjoy a day of happy slowness in a lovely country setting on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River :)

Price does not include entry to the Spoon Jam weekend on 26 & 27 October. 

IMPORTANT: Cancellation policy & liability information - please read before booking

Sales for Spoon Jam pre-fest tickets are used to pay for the costs of running the event, in particular the cost of flying in our awesome overseas teachers. For this reason, tickets for Spoon Jam pre-fest tickets are non-refundable.

If you are aware you will be unable to attend, you may pass your ticket to someone else you wish to come in your place. If there is a waiting list at the time of your cancellation we will pass this onto you to enable the transfer of your ticket. Organising the ticket transfer is the responsibility of the person cancelling their booking.

In the event that you do not turn up a pre-fest workshop, the ticket is non-transferable to another person or date after the event. 

By booking a ticket to any of the Spoon Jam pre-fest workshops, you agree to all of the above.

Liability notice

Whilst arriving, attending and leaving any of the Spoon Jam pre-fest workshops, it is your responsibility to ensure that you maintain and adhere to all safety precautions and requirements.

The owners of Spoonsmith, our volunteers and the attending creatives hold no personal liability or responsibility for any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property, or any physical injuries obtained during the workshop. By attending a workshop, you agree in holding full responsibility and liability for any damages and injuries to personal property and/or parties involved that may occur.

Jeff Donne is one of Australia's best known spoon carvers and puppet makers. His roving woodcraft school has travelled across much of Australia, bringing traditional woodcraft skills to the big smoke and on to Tasmania, Alice Springs and many regional areas sprinkled throughout the land. With more than 20 years experience as a green woodworker, carver and puppet maker, Jeff teaches in a relaxed manner, helping students to enjoy and explore the many craftable things hidden in trees.