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Bone Carving Studio and Gallery
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Owner description: The Bone Carving Studio and Gallery in Galway offers the only bone carving classes in Ireland. At a one-day class you’ll create your own bone carving from start to finish. Whether you're a visitor or a native, a bone carving class is the perfect activity for a rainy Galway day...and it's also a unique souvenir, whether you create a piece to keep for yourself or you make something special for someone special!
Port Washington, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2013

My mother and I had an incredible time at the studio! First we learned about the process of making a carving and Aoife was just brilliant. She has the patience of a saint and even though my mothers drawing skill was questionable (according to my mom) ,Aoife promised her she would leave with a great piece, and my mom did indeed. Thank you Aoife for such a lovely time and we hope to visit again!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank jackie w
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience!”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

When my daughter and I visited the Bone Carving Gallery looking to purchase we were surprised to see we could actually make a piece ourselves. I'm so glad we decided to give it a try. Aoife, an incredibly talented artist, walked us through the process from choosing a design, sketching, sanding, carving and polishing. She provided just the right amount of help, making sure your piece would turn out well but still be all your own. She was delightful company giving us one of the most rewarding experiences ever, plus we get to take home an original piece of jewelry. If you don't have the time or inclination to "do it yourself" stop in and purchase one of the pieces for sale as they are wonderful.

Visited August 2013
Thank mmM0M
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 June 2013

The fairy with the creative genes forgot to drop some on me, and I warned Aoife of this, but she calmly and patiently led me through all of the steps which I found I could actually do -- ended up with a lovely piece that holds lots of wonderful memories of Ireland, of a day with a delightful teacher who subtly led me through my self imposed artistic limits. I'm glad I started with a simple piece and look forward to working on a slightly more complex piece next time I'm in Galway. Every one here in the states has asked about the piece which I find I'm wearing constantly...I love it. Thanks Aoife, it was a truly inspiring experience.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Julie L
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Highly recommended!”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

I drove all the way over from Dublin (in the snow!) for the bone-carving class and it was really worth the journey! I'm a Masters level artist and wanted to add a new skill to my repertoire and so made the trip down to Aoife. I was lucky to have a 1 to 1 day and was really impressed at Aoife's level of skill and patience in teaching. Aoife helped me to get over my nervousness of powertools and guided me through making a brooch of my own design. I love the brooch I made and although I have many, it's my absolute favourite and I get lots of compliments on it. Thank you so much Aoife!! So whether you're a visitor or a native I'd highly recommend a day bone carving.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank ShinyJane
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Something very unique”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

I was in Galway and walked past the studio most days during my vacation and met Aofie at an exhibition she was doing. The workshop was one of the highlights of my trip and my pendant brings back very special memories. As a teacher Aofie is patient, accommodating, amiable and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and something that should be close to the top of anyone's 'To-Do' list when in the city.

Visited July 2012
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