Wood turning courses

Wood turning is a fantastic hobby that could be your job!  Learning to turn wood on a lathe could become one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things in your life. Don’t underestimate the pleasure to be had from creating a beautiful piece of work out of a rough lump of wood. You may prefer to make your own bespoke turned fruit bowl or pair of candle sticks. In this section you will be able to compare wood turning courses and workshops up and down the UK. 

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My name is Simon Vowell and I am a traditional pole lathe turner that has been introducing the craft back to the general public for the past five years. This beginners course will cover the basics of green wood-turning with all tools and materials provided. No previous experience necessary. The course content will include the selection of materials, tool types, techniques and their safe use to create a finished item by the end of the...
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George Foweraker runs this one day wood turning course from his well equipped workshop in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset. Each course is specifically designed to meets the students needs, so that you obtain the required skills to take away and progress within the craft. The emphasis remains on the correct use of tools and techniques to use while practicing the craft of wood turning. Whether you are starting out on your first step in woodturning or would...
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For the course dates please click on the link above. This five day woodwork course - 'tools' complements my other five day course in wood. To find this course click on 'The Wood Workshop' above and scroll down. These are self interest woodwork courses where my aim is to give you the confidence and the knowledge to use basic hand tools and some of the more common power tools, to show you how to look...
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The Advanced course is for those who have been on a previous course or already have good understanding of timber framing. The Advanced course covers Roof Trusses, Hips, Valleys and Cruck frame compound angles and all sorts of trickanomatry. If you haven't been on a previous course you are best looking at the Traditional timber framing course which is suitable for all levels This years advanced course is now fully booked. However the Advanced course...
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An Introduction to Wood turning - 2 day course This course has a fixed content to ensure that a good grounding in all the basic skills is given and is usually run over two consecutive days. The first day is devoted to spindle techniques and turning wood between centres, sharpening, the use of the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, skew chisel and parting tool. The second day concentrates on faceplate or bowl turning and the wonders...
Bronze - £135.00
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I can teach complete beginners to the more experienced on this course. The course is structured for beginners, starting with health and safety aspects in the workshop. This is a hands on course and the student will have exclusive access to one of three lathes. Bowl turning will be covered first where the student will then turn a small bowl. Spindle turning will also be introduced on this course. For more experienced students, this course...
Image for Windsor Chairmaking 5 day course at Greenwood Days' woodland workshop 8-12th June
This course gives you a thorough grounding in Windsor Chair Making. We focus on making a classic Windsor side chair. You will start by selecting the 'right log' for you from locally harvested, green (unseasoned) Ash. You'll split (cleave) your log, axe and draw knife each billet before learning how to turn ‘bamboo style’ legs on the pole lathe, perfecting the gouge and smoothing chisels. You’ll learn how to cleave both short spindles and a...
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Who’s it for? Held in conjunction with Kaos Blacksmiths, this brand new and unique 5 day course combines the ancient art of blacksmithing with traditional bodging and essential bushcraft skills. It is intended for anyone with an interest in woodland skills or traditional craft work. What will I do? • You will be taken on a trip back in time and taught some of the skills of our ancestors. • We will show you how...
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On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking. Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish. During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use...
Platinum - £110.00
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A one-day course is an excellent, relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different for a day, in the peace and tranquillity deep in a Kentish valley During this course you are introduced to all aspects of a complete 'tree-to-product' process - from selecting and cleaving green wood ready for turning, to making a variety of small items spatulas, candlesticks, rolling pins, dibbers, string-lines and similar. You are shown how to...