One Day Carving Workshop
One Day Spoon Carving Workshop in Sydney with Harpe Kiddle.
"Chasing the Line" - Exploring Line and Form
One Day Carving Workshop with Hape Kiddle
1 Day Course
Exploring line and form in woodcarving is the focus of “Chasing the Line”. Under Hape’s guided instruction and using his signature Leaf Form as the basis of study, participants will be able to develop “best practice” carving skills while gaining an understanding of successful design.
What are some of the challenges inherent in creating three dimensional objects? How can you refine lines within your work to create unity and why is that important? Will “breaking the line” create dynamic tension within your design or create discord within the piece? How does scale and proportion inform what we see and feel? How do you bring the design elements and principles together and learn to trust your intuition?
Of course, these questions and more will be answered by Hape as participants work alongside one of Australia’s most respected carving instructors. A rare and exciting opportunity for one day only.
About Hape: Hape Kiddle is an artist who has sculpted timber from a very young age. He studied Furniture Design at the University of Tasmania and Jewellery at Enmore Design Centre, Sydney.
The forms that Hape carves reflect his deep connection to the natural environment. Ferns, fronds, leaves and fish can all be seen in the vessels he crafts, but more than anything, Hape’s work invites touch as the best way to fully appreciate his craftmanship. Hape is currently working on a number of commissioned works, one of which is a 2m long Murray Cod for the National Museum of Australia.
Hape works and teaches from his studio in Griffith and is a regular guest instructor at Heartwood Creative Woodworking. He was recently featured in the Australian Woodsmith magazine, and you can read more about Hape and his work in the current edition of the Australian Wood Review magazine.
“The workshop was fabulous, I had a really good day. Hape is a great teacher and I got so much out of the course. I’ve started my second spoon and don’t think it will be too long before I add a few more carving tools to my collection. A great balance between the theoretical and the practical”. K White (first time carver)
“Thanks for a brilliant workshop with Hape - he's a fantastic teacher and I learned a lot. I now feel far more confident to explore more playful elements in my carving”. I Errington (more experienced carver)
Day: Saturday 20th July - waitlist
Day: Sunday 21st July - a few places available in this course
Experience: Suitable for complete beginners and more experienced carvers
Time: 9.00am – 4:30pm (half hour lunch break)
Morning: Focus on design principles using the spoon handle as the basis to explore line, parallel planes and undulating features using knife and gouge
Afternoon: Either a continuation of the morning session to complete the spoon. Or for those more adventurous, use the afternoon to extend your skills and put the design principles into practice to create your own design under Hape’s expert guidance.
Places: limited to 10 participants (18 years and over)
Course fee: $330
- includes several spoon blanks as you will create at least one spoon
and start another where you will be able to observe line and form in greater detail
- use of specialist carving tools and equipment - but if you have tools please bring them and take the opportunity to learn how to sharpen
- a healthy lunch
What to wear: Sturdy closed in footwear