Alien spoon carving


Duration: 1 day

Price: £85

Run by: Alan
at Alien Spoons

07824461551

22 Priestfield Crescent
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH16 5JQ

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About the Course

Alien spoons? Well, only because it a memorable name and some of the knive grasps feel a bit alien to start with. You will soon get to grips with them and the focus of this workshop is learning to use safe carving techniques with hand tools - the axe, straight knives and hook knives. Perhaps also use a drawknife on a shave horse if you want to. By following good technique you will avoid injuries and regular stretching will help you to look after your body. You should leave with the knowledge and confidence to carve safely at home. The tools are relatively cheap and easy to use in a small space.

You will have access to a range of different tools, but primarily use the Mora wood carving knives (106/120/164s) and be shown traditional designs for optimising strength and utility. Using these traditional tools you will make a spoon from local and sustainable fresh cut green wood - starting with a log and leaving with a spoon. From the initial splitting of the log with a froe or axe, trimming them down with an axe or draw knife, to carving finer details and decorations with knives. Additional skills in building a shave horse and other green wood working can also be taught. This course is run from close to central Edinburgh and is accessible by public transport.

Depending on the weather it can be inside or outdoors in the wildlife garden. Courses can also be arranged to suit your availability! Please email/call to discuss your requirements, discounts are available for small groups or multiple days. Course numbers are usually limited to five or less; individual training courses can also be arranged.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee, light lunch of bread and soup and snacks.
Professional training in the use of a range of traditional tools.
Advice on tool care and sharpening.
Fresh cut (green) wood for carving.
Some tools available for sale at competitive rates.
Summary of course information emailed to you after the workshop.



Want to review this course?

I had a really good day. Great value for money. I have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone with even just the slightest interest in woodwork. All the tools and materials were provided and the right balance of tutoring. Nice and relaxed and most importantly great fun.

Alan and his good lady were perfect hosts and everyone on the course were well catered for.

- - #17161

This was my first experience of spoon carving, and I really enjoyed the whole experience. As a complete beginner, I found the teaching was the right pace for me, with good demonstrations followed by hands-on practice.
Alan's teaching style is excellent - he taught us how to use the different tools and demonstrated different techniques clearly. He also explained all the safety procedures.
Above all the day was fun, and has given me the confidence to continue to practice on my own. It was great to start with a piece of wood, and go home with a spoon!
Also, it was great that we were so well provided with lovely nourishing food and drinks throughout the day. Thank you.

- - #17118

We had such a good time! It was a present for my boyfriend and we did the course together. Alan was very patient, showed us all the techniques, we also had regular breaks with coffee - and an outstanding lunch cooked by his partner. And we did indeed create something that resembles a spoon! Such lovely people and a fantastic course we would recommend to anyone.

- - #16697

Having very little experience or indeed skill in any kind of crafting, I was delighted to find Alan's teaching style provided an easy route into the spoon carving art. Under his clearly experienced tuition, I felt that the craft really came alive across a fun and productive day. It's a great feeling to take a piece of wood and see the spoon emerge, and a genuinely fascinating experience discovering an art form from such a passionate and engaging instructor. A thoroughly enjoyable day and one I would highly recommend experiencing! Thanks Alan!

- - #16413

After having done a full day of carving knives before, I thought I had a good idea of what to expect and that I knew quite a few cuts already. But I learnt so much more from Alan - he's clearly extremely skilful and experienced both in carving and teaching! I had a great time learning from him and do not mind my aching fingers today (it's such a physical craft!) for I have a beautiful spoon to show for it, which Alan even finished for me since I unfortunately had to cut my day short. Five stars for skill, teaching and forthcomingness!

- - #16391

Just back from spending the day carving my first spoon with Alan at Alien Spoons and wow did I enjoy myself?! I have to admit to not giving much thought to what the day would be like, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover a relaxing and very satisfying, if slightly challenging pastime that's engaging and somewhat addictive. Alan is a wonderful teacher. His easy-going manner belies his obviously extensive knowledge and skilful ability to guide complete novices to a successful outcome. By the end of the day - which included a very warm welcome and great hospitality - I'm seriously considering continuing to carve spoons by myself. Thanks Alan!

- - #16378

Really enjoyed the one-day spoon carving course and would highly recommend to anyone who's interested.

Alan's very knowledgeable and his passion for both the craft and the coaching is infectious.

As others have said, they're great hosts, providing good food in a relaxing atmosphere and the time flew in.

Good chance you'll have a new hobby for life after this as well.

- - #16292

My husband and I both attended Alan’s spoon carving course this weekend and had a really great day. We both found Alan to be extremely enthusiastic and knowledgable about the whole process. He had a wide variety of tools for us to try and we have managed to source some on Allan’s recommendations. The course took place in Alan’s home and was a lovely welcoming environment. We were treated to a lovely lunch and tea and coffee during the breaks. I had bought my husband the course as a birthday gift and decided to go along too. Would thoroughly recommend this course and thank you Alan for being so inspirational.

- - #14414

My husband and I both attended Alan’s spoon carving course this weekend and had a really great day. We both found Alan to be extremely enthusiastic and knowledgable about the whole process. He had a wide variety of tools for us to try and we have managed to source some on Allan’s recommendations. The course took place in Alan’s home and was a lovely welcoming environment. We were treated to a lovely lunch and tea and coffee during the breaks. I had bought my husband the course as a birthday gift and decided to go along too. Would thoroughly recommend this course and thank you Alan for being so inspirational.

- - #14412

A great course and tutor! I felt welcome straight away, at ease and relaxed with the tranquil surroundings of Alan's home, we started of with a quick talk about spoon carving and a cuppa, then into the beginnings of carving from the types of wood used through axe use then into carving, with plenty coffee breaks and a lovely dinner provided by Alan's partner, all round a really lovely way to spend a day. I now look forward to receiving my own carving equipment and continuing what I have learnt

- - #14397

I really enjoyed this one day course as my first experience of spoon carving.

Alan provided all materials and tools (and a nice lunch) and guided us through the process of getting started safely. His enthusiasm, knowledge, expertise and skill in demonstrating and supporting enabled me not only to start with a log and go home with a spoon, but also with the confidence to continue by myself.

Overall a very good experience - fun, challenging, informative and a great introduction to the fascinating world of spoon carving. Thanks, Alan!

- - #12987

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 27th October 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018
Saturday 15th December 2018
Saturday 26th January 2019
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019

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