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Melanie Abrantes Designs

In Person Bowl Carving Workshop

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Join our bestselling in-person bowl carving workshop! 

Class Description:

Using traditional Japanese tools, designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden bowl.  

The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in carving the inside of their bowl with a bowl gouge, then designing and whittling the outside of the bowl with a straight chisel and carving knife. When the final design has been reached, students will sand and finish their bowls. All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools at a discounted rate to continue your bowl-making practice at home!

All levels, no experience needed.


Provided in class:

  • Wood Bowl Blank
  • Japanese Bowl Gouge
  • Japanese Straight Chisel
  • Carving Knife
  • Shinto Rasp
  • Sandpaper and Wood Butter
  • Handwritten Instructions
  • Snacks and Drinks (Lunch Not Included)

    Limited seats and parking are available. Please try to arrive 15 mins before the class begins.

    Workshop Schedule:

    • October 28th

    Where: Oakland, CA 94606 (exact location emailed week of)

    When: 12-4pm (with 15 minute break around 2pm)

    The workshop will be outside and proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test (within 72 hours of class) will be required to attend. Please bring a copy of your vaccination card (printed or digital) or a screenshot of your COVID test result.


    Photo Credit: Bowl Carving images  are shot by The Understory.