Spoonsmithing at The Old Girl

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Spoonsmithing at The Old Girl


10am - 5pm
Available dates: January 29th & February 11th 2017

Over the Summer, a few small gatherings will take place within the gently restored 1800's barn affectionately known as 'The Old Girl' in celebration of appreciation for reclaimed timber.

These special workshops aim to give a new insight into the thoughtful craft of woodworking as you create your own spoon; a sustainable keepsake to enjoy for years to come.

Enjoy a slow living experience and the meditative pleasure of forging an object to fulfil a need in your home. Coffee scoop? Salt or sugar spoon? It can be as minimal or as creative as your wish, as long as it feels at home in your hand.

Working with wood is a craft and skill that has been universal to cultures around the world. It connects us to the trees, to the forest and to our ourselves. Over the day, you'll gain an introduction to traditional woodcarving tools and techniques with a focus on process, shape, form and function. Each type of timber has characteristics, a mood and a feel. Get to know them amongst new friends and good food.

Suitable for beginners, although participants should be comfortable with the idea of handling sharp tools. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dusty.



  • raw materials
  • a delicious luncheon of local produce by Tash from A Plot in Common.
  • zine
  • homemade wood salve, made from beeswax sourced from local hives in the Macedon Ranges.
  • tea, coffee and biscuits.
  • warm company and good vibes.
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The Old Girl is a beautifully restored 1800’s barn on the property of A Plot in Common, based in Lauriston. Approximately an hour's drive from Melbourne.

80 Salisbury Road Lauriston. There is an 80 sign hanging from a pine tree out the front of the farm.

Call Tash on the day if you need further directions: 54239474. 



"This was a really special workshop in such a beautiful setting, I felt so lucky to be a part of it. Working with wood is really lovely, and Jesse took us through each step and helped us out whenever we needed it. I had a great time chatting to everyone as I whittled away at my spoon, it was so exciting seeing each persons piece of wood gradually transform into something unique and beautiful." - Suzie
"Even though I've never done woodwork before, Jesse guided us through the process in a supportive and light-hearted way. We were all eager to make our spoons after the brief introduction and it was a delight to create my own spoon. Thank you Jesse!" - Robyn
"I participated in the spoon carving workshop with Jesse and I thoroughly enjoyed it... Even though I was a complete beginner, Jesse's instructions had me feeling confident in using the carving tools. Jesse was very knowledgable in the area of spoon carving and it was hard not to be infected by her passion and enthusiasm. Just looking at her collection of spoons was inspiring. The workshop was paced to suit everyone in the group with appropiate breaks for a delicious morning tea and lunch plus breaks to explain techniques and safety precautions when nessisary. I had a fabulious day and came away with my first hand carved spoon. Thanks Jesse, I couldn't reccomend your workshop highly enough." - Andrea