Learn to Carve Wooden Spoons in Edinburgh

Have you ever wanted to be able to carve your own utensils? Alan at Alien Spoons teaches the traditional craft of spoon carving using locally sourced sustainable wood. Start with a log and leave with a spoon. You’ll learn how to split logs, trim wood and use carving knives to add the final details and decoration to your spoon. Following techniques meant to ensure durability and strength to make you spoon usable, you’ll come away with something that’s not just functional, but also unique to you!

Where can I learn to carve spoons?

Alien Spoons in runs one and two day courses in spoon carving from their studio on Priestfield Crescent in Edinburgh, with links from the city centre.

If you get in contact with Alan directly he can tailor your course to suit you and your group, he can even come to you if you’d like to book a class where you live. If the weather is good enough you can even take your course outdoor in their beautiful wildlife garden. He also provides vegan food during carving courses.

  • One day £85 two day £165
  • Suitable for people of all ages – courses are tailored to suit you
  • Tools and materials are provided
  • Usually limited to 5 people per class
  • Discounts available for small groups
  • Tea, coffee and a light lunch (bread and soup) included – all vegan

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