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Melanie Abrantes Designs

In-Person Bowl Carving Workshop

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Join our bestselling in-person bowl carving workshop! 

Workshop Schedule:


  • August 3rd


We will be teaching in select cities in the East Coast! Join our MAD Carving Tour:

  • August 13th  in Brooklyn 
  • Learn more about it here.

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.

    Teachers: Ciera Okere or Melanie Abrantes

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

    Where: Brooklyn Basin Park in Oakland, CA 94606 (exact location of where in park will be emailed week of)

    The workshop will be outside unless chance of rain, we will relocate indoors at Melanie Abrantes Designs' Studio in Oakland. 


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