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Melanie Abrantes Designs

In Person Bowl Carving Workshop

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Bowl Carving Class

Our new in-person bowl carving workshop is here!

Workshop Schedule:


  • February 11, 2023
  • March 18, 2023

Where: 288 9th Ave, Oakland CA 94606

Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm (with 15-20 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.


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 with an all-natural finish. 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.

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