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Alien Spoons - Two day spoon carving workshop

Duration: Two days

Price: £165

Contact: Alan at Alien Spoons

22 Priestfield Crescent
EH16 5JQ

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 18th April 2020
Saturday 16th May 2020
Saturday 20th June 2020
Saturday 18th July 2020
Saturday 15th August 2020

About the Course

I've added this two day workshop because a one day workshop gives you the basics, but two days will allow you to develop your carving technique and use additional knife grasps.

By embedding good technique into the way you carve, you will avoid injuries and additional regular stretching will help you to look after your body. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to carve safely at home.

You will have access to a range of different tools, starting with the axe to rough out spoon blanks - I have a good range of axes you can try from budget to the Gransfors large carving axe. Next using the Mora wood carving knives (105/106/120) to shape your blanks into spoons following traditional designs for optimising strength and utility. I also have a range of hook knives to try out. Using these traditional tools you will make a spoon from local and sustainable fresh cut green wood (usually willow/birch/alder or cherry) - starting with a log and leaving with a spoon. From the initial splitting of the log, trimming it down with an axe, to carving finer details and decorations with chip carving knives.

This course is located 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 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. 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.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Evenings
  • Events & groups
  • Other locations possible - tutor willing to travel
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends

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