ONSITE: Create Your Own Wooden Spatula
Create your own spatula exploring a variety of techniques for shaping wood. We will think about how the form of an object relates to its use. We'll use both hand and power tools. We will begin by using the jointer and planer to mill our dried hardwood. Next, we’ll learn how to mark and plan out designs in preparation for cutting. Learn to use the bandsaw to create 3-dimensional shapes, focusing on safety, curve cutting and material removal techniques. We'll move on to using a variety of tools including files, rasps, palm sanders and the combination disc and belt sander to achieve a spatula shape of your original design. Finally, we'll discuss sanding and finishing techniques that will be applied to each utensil. You'll move through projects at their own pace and experiment with your own designs. Everyone will leave with at least one finished to proudly use in their kitchen!
- Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.Students should come prepared with safety gear (eye protection, ear protection and dust mask/respirator). We will be getting dusty and dirty! Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. If you have longer hair, bring something to tie your hair back. There will be a 30 minute lunch break so please bring a lunch.This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit visarts.org for more information.
About the Instructor
Sarah Grace Cheek
Sarah Grace Cheek is an artist and woodworker based in Earlysville, VA.
She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft & Material Studies where she focused in furniture and textile design.
After leading a production style wood shop for the last 4+ years, Sarah Grace made the leap in summer of 2022 to pursue being an artist full time. Her work centers around nourishment, usefulness and joy. She’s enjoyed venturing into the realms of more representational art and exploring relief carvings. Sarah Grace uses hand carving and power carving techniques to create most of her work. Some of her inspiration includes bones, rocks, salvaged materials and antique textiles including late 19th to early 20th century quilts, just to name a few things.