Playful Woodworking: Create Wooden Art Toys

A course by Popoke Brasil
Carpentry Workshop. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined April 2020
, Carpentry Workshop

Bring unique characters to life by learning carpentry techniques to create your own wooden sculpture

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (110)
  • 2851 students

Bring unique characters to life by learning carpentry techniques to create your own wooden sculpture

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (110)
  • 2851 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 14m)
  • 27 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Art toys allow us to discover new creative spaces, explore galaxies and ancient civilizations, and let our imagination soar with rockets, robots, monsters, and aliens. In hopes of embodying all these ideas in 3D objects, Eduardo Castanheira and Natália Rocha founded the Popoke Brasil carpentry workshop, which combines their love of art and woodwork.

In this course, learn how to make an original wooden art toy. Join Eduardo and Natália and explore your inner fantasy world and transform your ideas into a unique and fun piece.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Knowing the universe of joinery and creating your character
  • U3
    U3. Time to learn by producing
  • U4
    U4. Finishing and finalization
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start this creative journey by getting to know your teachers Eduardo Castanheira and Natália Rocha. They'll tell you about their creative adventures, their biggest influences, and how they opened their workshop, Popoke Brasil.

Explore the colorful world of wood. Take a closer look at the protective equipment, machinery, and tools you need for the course. Before getting diving into carpentry process, make some sketches to design your toy

It’s time to get to work! Natália and Eduardo show you how to use your sketches to bring your figure to life. Get Natália and Eduardo's tips on how to choose the right wood, cut it and assemble it properly. Learn to use cutting machines like a band saw for creative and efficient results. Don't forget to sand your piece before assembly!

Learn how to drill, mark measurements, and sign your art toy. Then, assemble your piece with a specialist glue. Natália and Eduardo wrap things up with some tips on how to give your toy a designer finish using mineral oil and beeswax.

What is this course's project?

Make a customized wooden art toy, from creating your first sketch to finishing the final product.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in art toys, carpentry, and designer wooden toys.

Requirements and materials

Previous carpentry experience is recommended for this course.

In terms of materials, you need blank paper, A3 graph paper, a pencil, pens, a ruler, a triangle, and a protractor. For tools and accessories, you need a hammer, needle-nose pliers, a Japanese hand saw or standard hand saw, a carpenter's square, small nails, dowels, wood adhesive, a two-component sealant, beeswax, mineral oil, brill bits, solid wood, wooden slats, dentistry tools, a selection of wood files, and T-track hold-down clamps. You should also have access to a table saw, a miter saw, a bench or standard drill, and an orbital sander.


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Popoke Brasil

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Artists Eduardo Castanheira and Natália Rocha, founders of the Popoke Brasil workshop, combine art and design to give life to characters from another world through playful carpentry. Their pieces stay true to the colors, tones, and history of the wood they are crafted from, seeking to add a bit of sunshine and whimsy back into the world.

Popoke Brasil's art toys are on show in decor and design boutiques across Brazil and can also be viewed on the creative couple's Instagram account.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Knowing the universe of joinery and creating your character

    • Introducing wood and color composition
    • PPE, tools and machines
    • Character creation
  • U3

    Time to learn by producing

    • Preparing for your project
    • Cuts and collages 1
    • Cuts and collages 2
    • Cuts and jigs
    • Shapes that arise through the cuts
    • The big world of sanders and sanders
  • U4

    Finishing and finalization

    • Drilling and final steps 1
    • Drilling and final steps 2
    • Drilling and final steps 3
    • Final assembly
    • Finishing the character
  • FP

    Final project

    • Playful Woodworking: Create Wooden Art Toys

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

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  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Playful Woodworking: Create Wooden Art Toys. Craft, and Design course by Popoke Brasil

Playful Woodworking: Create Wooden Art Toys

A course by Popoke Brasil
Carpentry Workshop. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined April 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (110)
  • 2851 students