Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

MOTOKO SMITH

WOOD CARVING

In this premium workshop we are exploring the art of wood carving, handcrafting artisan serveware that will become staples in our kitchen and home. Motoko Smith, of Leo in the Woods, inspires, educates and shares with us her thoughtful practice in design and woodworking. Following her techniques, we’ll create a knife, coffee scoop, large spatula, and kuksa out of a rich cherry wood. This rewarding and immersive workshop allows us to take a wooden blank and, with time and diligence in our craft, create custom home goods that we will enjoy for a lifetime. 

Along with learning the fundamentals of woodworking and wood carving techniques, Motoko shares her expert tips derived from years of experience and countless hours of work. By the end of this workshop, Motoko will leave us feeling confident in our new skills, ready to experiment with future wood carving projects on our own. 

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

The Curated Kit of Tools & Materials

In the kit that accompanies Motoko's masterclass in wood carving, you'll receive the tools and supplies to make four beautiful pieces of serveware: a knife, coffee scoop, large spatula and kuksa along with six custom wood carving patterns by Motoko herself. 

About the Artisan Tools

Michihamono is a carving tool manufacturer based in Miki City, located in the Hyogo prefecture, also known as the home of blade making in Japan. They have cultivated their craft for generations and every blade has gone through a forging, grinding, sharpening and polishing process. The wood handles are selected from local cherry trees and delicately carved. We are honored to share their craftsmanship with you so you can discover the beauty and precision of their artisan tools.

 

This workshop includes: 

  • A detailed, digital workshop by Motoko Smith 
  • A live Maker Chat Q&A for our community to join in creative conversation
  • Tools and materials from artisan suppliers, curated for you, by Motoko

The Tools & Materials included in this workshop:

  • 18mm carving u-gouge
  • Carving knife
  • 6” bar clamp
  • Custom sandpaper packet: seven different grits
  • Carving gloves
  • 2oz walnut oil
  • Non-adhesive shelf grip liner
  • Four pattern cherry blanks for a knife, coffee scoop, large spatula, and kuksa
  • Six custom wood carving patterns by Motoko Smith
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Bundle Your Workshop with these Optional Kits:

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Wood Carving Tool Bundle

Amplify the precision of your wood carving technique with our optional tool bundle. A saw and flat wood stabilizer will help you turn wood blocks into your own pattern blanks more quickly and easily.

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Pattern Cherry Blank Bundle

Carve additional utensils in cherry for gifting or for your own home. These blanks arrive in template form to duplicate the carving techniques shared in our workshop video to create a knife, spoon and spatula.

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Cherry Blank Bundle

Ready for the next carving challenge? Truly customize your experience and continue to explore your wood carving skills with ready-to-carve wooden cherry blocks. We recommend the Carving Tool Bundle to assist in carving out your own pattern shapes from scratch. 

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Cherry Kuksa Blank

The kuksa cup is one of Motoko’s favorites and has become one of ours, too. Continue to practice your wood carving skills while you craft another version of this special kitchenware in cherry wood. 

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Pattern Walnut Blank Bundle

Carve additional utensils in walnut wood.

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Walnut Blank Bundle

Continue to carve out your own pattern shapes from wooden walnut blocks.

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Walnut Kuksa Blank

Continue to practice your wood carving skills while you craft another kuksa in walnut wood. 

More About Our Artist: Motoko Smith

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Motoko Smith is a professional woodturner and artisan woodworker who sees unique potential in every wood grain, natural edge and spalted wood. She is a native of Japan who now calls Southern California home. Motoko found herself pursuing woodworking as a creative outlet as she simultaneously navigated maintaining a household with three little ones. 

She found solace and fulfilling creative energy in the art of carving wood to handcraft stunning creations that are as practical as they are beautiful. Motoko approaches her design process by examining the source of the wood selected for each project. She enjoys the journey of understanding where the wood was sourced and then deciding on what is possible with the characteristics she observes.

We’re so excited to have you join us, Motoko.

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box

Motoko Smith's
Podcast Interview

Share with us! We can’t wait to see all of the beautiful hand carved wooden serveware you create using Motoko Smith’s skills and techniques. We hope you enjoy this workshop and we’d love to see how you are inspired to create. Be sure to share with us by tagging @thecraftersbox, our featured artist @leointhewoods and use #thecraftersbox so all can follow along in your creative journey. Happy carving with this special workshop.

Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
Wood Carving | Motoko Smith | The Crafter's Box
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