Wood Workshop

Wood Workshop Social Enterprise - Grassmarket Community Project

GCP’s Wood Workshop

Our Wood Workshop is deeply rooted in the history of The Grassmarket Community Project.

Formed in 2006, it was the Project’s first social enterprise and started by repurposing old church pews and continues to champion GCP’s commitment to the circular economy.

We are proud that our woodworkers have the skills to make, mend, repurpose or renovate. We enjoy selling our beautiful hand-crafted products to the public and a range of commercial, government, third sector and community-based clients.

Through our wood workshop, our Members are able to increase confidence and self-esteem. They improve social skills, reliability and resilience, and ultimately work towards further opportunities including formal qualifications and employment.

Choose from our range of beautiful hand-carved products

View our range of beautiful wooden products, all hand-carved from sustainably-sourced timber at our Coffee Saints cafes and our Online Shop.


Hand Carved Kuksas



Wood Candlesticks


Commission our Wood Workshop

Our Wood Workshop team also create 100’s of bespoke custom wood awards and plaques. We also make beautiful furniture!
Working on a commission basis, we recycle unwanted church pews, windfall trees and other wood into beautiful furniture and wooden objects. Every piece we create is designed and built to the customer’s exact specification.

Commission woodwork and furniture

Commission custom woodwork and bespoke furniture from our award-winning Social Enterprise wood workshop

Commission custom wood signs and awards

Commission custom wood signs, awards and furniture from our award-winning Social Enterprise wood workshop

Celebration Wall – commission a brick!

Commission a brick and be part of our permanent display of individual oak bricks, handcrafted by our members.

GCP pre-apprentice Stephen

More about our Wood Workshop

Members usually start by signing up for a Friday Woodwork Introduction session, the atmosphere is fun and informal, and everyone is encouraged to try woodwork in a safe environment. Then some go on to join the regular Woodwork Group.

In recent years, we have developed a more structured training option, with an active pre-apprentice programme. Meet Stephen – our pre-apprentice.

Plans are also in place for us to become an Accredited SQA Centre.

As with everything at The Grassmarket Community Project, the continued success of this Social Enterprise is down to people, as they hammer, saw and banter away in our beautiful Wood Workshop up on the first floor of the Grassmarket Centre.

Enjoy the Woodwork Group from our Members’ perspective.


The Grassmarket Community Project’s Wood Workshop on the generosity of our customers, funders and donors. Our key funders for this area of our work are John Lewis and Partners, Hub Foundation/Inspiring Scotland, Heritage Fund, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Edinburgh Airport. We thank them for their essential continued support.

John Lewis Logo
Hub Community Foundation - Grassmarket Community Project
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Edinburgh Airport