All of my customers are VIPs! Just that some would prefer 1-2-1 training even though my other groups are small and I have more time to focus on and help fewer people with improving their carving technique. You will be taught professional knife carving grips to produce clean and efficient cuts and to avoid injuries. We will also do regular stretching as this will help you to look after your body. You should leave with the knowledge and confidence to carve safely at home. You will have access to a range of tools to try out, we mainly use the Mora wood carving knives (106/120/164s) and be shown traditional designs for optimising strength and utility. You will make a spoon from local and sustainable fresh cut green wood - starting with a log and leaving with a spoon. This course is run from close to central Edinburgh and is accessible by public transport. Depending on the weather it may be inside or outdoors in the wildlife garden. Courses can be arranged to suit your availability! Please get in touch for a PDF with more information or to discuss your requirements.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments and lunch all provided throughout the day. Professional training in the safe use of tools and looking after yourself. Follow up information on PDF. Option to buy your own set of tools to take home - axe, straight knife, spoon knife with sheath, axe stone and strop for keep your tools sharp.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Alien Spoons

with Craft Courses since 2015

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With around 30 years experience of training people and working in conservation with trees and green wood work, you will be sure to learn more than just the basics of spoon carving and whittling. Having learnt the professional and safe carving techniques from some of the best out there, I will pass on these skills so that you can also carve safely and with confidence at home, or improve on your technique.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Hearing impaired
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • UK Holiday
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Public transport
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Romantic
  • Easter
  • Tutor can travel
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
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