Spoon Carving Workshop

Come along and create a beautiful wooden spoon made with your own hands with Nordic Edge at Old Government House.

Creating something as fundamentally human as a wooden spoon using simple hand tools can be a satisfying experience. Come spend the Saturday with Nordic Edge and walk away not only with the experience, but also a full set of spoon carving tools and a beautiful wooden spoon made with your own hands!

This guided workshop will take you through the process of selecting materials and the relaxing process of making your own wooden spoon. After a safety briefing in the courtyard at Old Government House you will receive your tools and sustainably sourced materials. Then we will spend a few hours slowly carving a spoon, from axe work to bowl carving and the whittling of the bowl outline. We’ll break for lunch before completing the spoon in the afternoon. You will leave not only with your spoon, but with the tools and skills required to continue your journey as a spoonsmith!

What’s included?

  • Set of Spoon Carving tools (to take home after the class is completed)
  • All materials required (spoon blank in wood, sand paper, food safe organic wood finish)
  • Use of other hand tools, based on your design (small axe, saw, chopping block, vice, clamps)
  • Cut-resistant gloves for limited protection against the tools
  • All instructions and support required on the day

Note: Great care is always required when working with sharp tools. We recommend wearing full-length pants and closed-toe shoes on the day.


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Suitable For:

  • Anyone over 16 years old with an interest in making their own spoon, no prior experience is required.
  • We will be doing some basic axe work as part of the spoon making. Those selecting to not complete the axe steps will use a softer carving wood which can be worked without the use of an axe.
  • Anyone able to follow basic safety instructions required to work with sharp tools, such as only carving while sitting down and carving away from your body.
  • Those prepared to be mindful of the safety guidelines as provided by your instructor who is with you every step of the way.



To ensure the health and safety of the community, the National Trust (NSW) requires pre-booked tickets.

Pre-book your tickets to Spoon Carving Workshop via Eventbrite.

Spoon Carving Workshop runs 10am-4pm with a one hour lunch break. Lunch is not provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own lunch or to order from our onsite restaurant, Lachlan’s.

Your ticket includes complimentary entry to Old Government House and the Making Good exhibition – a fantastic opportunity to view some of the fine woodworking pieces on display, created by highly skilled convict artisans.

The first carpenters in the colony were convicts assigned to the Government Lumber yards, including one yard in Parramatta Park. Here they cut timber for buildings and boats, made basic furniture and household goods, including cups and cutlery. As time went on, the demand for finer furniture in the colony increased and those with the skills went into business as cabinet makers creating beautiful pieces such as the sideboard by Laurence Butler which will feature in the exhibition.


**Note: Please make sure to select either Right Handed or Left Handed tools upon booking, to make sure we have enough of the correct hook blades for your workshop **

Old Government House

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW

(02) 9635 8149
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