In the studio of Tom Attias, a carpenter, there are classes and group workshops for learning traditional carpentry and woodwork. Enter Tom’s studio in Mitzpe Abirim to choose a workshop in woodcrafts:
Workshop for Cutting & Serving Boards – You can create a cutting or serving board to use for serving cheeses and delicacies. In the workshop you will hear the story of Tom and the tree, you will watch a live demonstration of a combination of electric and manual tools. You can then experiment with the wood, saw the boards and shape them with hand tools. The workshop lasts two to three hours.
Wabi Sabi Workshop – A workshop where you can create a personal creation of wood that stems from the Wabi Sabi – a Japanese philosophical and aesthetic point of view, which refers to the beauty of the natural weathering of the material, and the integrity of the “damaged” time prescriptions. In the workshop the participants give a new meaning to an abandoned material, which has lost its meaning. Connection of a collection of rusty irons and alluvial trees, against the background of old sea delivery plywood and the creation of a three-dimensional collage with the help of hand tools and the use of traditional techniques. Each workshop is given a general theme that serves as a guideline and as the second thread between the works. The workshop lasts about three to four hours.
“I love tools, I tend to stop in front of shop windows of stores that sell them. They are so beautiful, simple, and clear – their meaning is so direct. There are no ‘handicrafts’ in them. They were not created beautiful, but they are simply beautiful.”
(Robert Hennery, 1926)