In this two day carving workshop with master carver, sculptor and instructor Hape Kiddle, you will explore and develop your own understanding of Netsuke.

Netsuke are small objects originally dating from Edo-era Japan used to fasten the sash on noblemen’s robes. Over the intervening centuries they have come to be highly personalised statements of great artistic and historical merit.

This course uses a supplied design to introduce students to the netsuke form. Hape will teach you about tool knowledge in Netsuke carving and the importance of tool sharpening, an often-overlooked cornerstone of producing fine work. This class is suited for all experience and ability. Beginner carvers will be encouraged to explore materials, techniques and the tools involved in netsuke carving; Hape has incorporated design extensions for established carvers to investigate, explore and extend their skills.  Students will complete the course with their own carved netsuke and a detailed knowledge of the tools and maintenance required to continue exploring the craft.

The two day course will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Cost: $490 – includes a specialised Japanese carving knife and protective kevlar carving gloves. Tea and coffee are supplied, includes all materials and expert tuition by Hape Kiddle.

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