Simple wood carving- develop skills in whittling and finishing to create beautiful forms.

Join us for an enriching relaxed Saturday morning artistic experience in this new program of simple wood carving using whittling knives.

This experiential course will introduce participants to carving techniques; tool care; finishing (sanding, oiling, waxing); and a variety of traditional binding methods using waxed thread.

This is a an artistic and social meeting, providing a time to develop new skills, feel into our hands using tools and softwoods, learn about ourselves and how we develop through artistic work, meet new people and share morning tea.

We will complete two projects using different types of wood, over the seven weeks:

  1. Carving a pendant from bark, sanding and finishing it to form a pendant and then learn traditional binding techniques with waxed thread to complete it.
  2. If time allows, we may explore working with form: we will explore our piece of wood to see how form, such as a bird, emerges from the carving.


Our part-time courses are non-accredited and do not lead to a qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework but rather offer  a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion.

Tutor: Tom Hungerford

Tom Hungerford has taught in Steiner Schools for 25 years, principally as a Bothmer Gymnast and Phys Education Teacher but also extensively in the high school in the Hard Crafts across  range of materials and skill development areas including leather book binding, shoemaking, metal work and more. He has also been a Class Teacher. Tom brings wood carving, copper work and other hard crafts to students in our full-time Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education, among many other subjects. 

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Practical information

No prior experience is required, and all materials are supplied.  This course is capped at 20 (??) places.

When: Sat afternoons 9.30am-12.00 pm with a morning tea break.

Cost: $460.00

Note: we will sit outside with braziers for warmth unless the conditions are inclement and prevent this in which case we will go inside. Please wear warm clothes, comfortable shoes, and if you wish, bring your own apron.

Information: Short courses coordinator Tom Hungerford, telephone 0452 592 903

Seminar Accounts/Office: 03 9876 5199


Term 3 dates 2022

7 sessions from Saturday 23rd July -Saturday 3rd September.

How to apply

Applying online is very quick and easy! Click the button below to go to our rapid registration form, to confirm your place in this course.

Important enrolment information

The Seminar is obliged to follow the State Government’s requirements for gathering on site in relation to COVID restrictions. At the time of publication (Oct 2021) this means that anyone attending the campus must be double vaccinated by 26th November, or hold an exemption. If this advice changes, we will update our information accordingly.