Course Start Dates
Monday 25th September 2017
Thursday 28th September 2017
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Wednesday 11th October 2017
Monday 16th October 2017
Wednesday 25th October 2017
An Introduction to Woodturning in Surrey - 2 day course (the course dates shown are for the first day of each 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 of the bowl gouge. Throughout both days emphasis is given to mastering new skills in such a way that when the student returns to their own workshop they can put into practice all they have learnt.
On the first day project options normally include a candlestick or a small vase. The second day's projects are usually a small chopping board or a sphere in the morning followed by a small bowl in the afternoon. All the materials used for these projects are included. If you have something particular in mind just let me know and I can usually incorporate it into the course.
It is possible to include a small table lamp as a project. Combining both spindle techniques for the stem on the first afternoon and faceplate techniques for the base on the second morning. The wood for this option is included but not the wire, plug or lamp fittings.
This course is usually run with two students but if required there is a 50% Supplement to guarantee 1 to 1 tuition (i.e. course fee becomes £315) or a 20% discount if 2 students book together (i.e £168 per student).
NB Smocks are available in a limited range of sizes (large) and a basic dust mask and safety goggles are provide for pupils use. Students may however find their own more comfortable if they have them and should feel free to bring them. If the student already has any wood turning tools of their own (chisels and gouges) it is helpful if they are brought along.
What's included in the price?
The course fee includes all materials used, including timber and advice on the purchase of equipment is available. The day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm with a short break for lunch of home made bread, soup and cheese. There is a plentiful supply of tea or coffee through out both of the days.
Thank you Greg for an excellent introduction to the art of wood turning. It was a very enjoyable and rewarding couple of days. I did not expect beforehand to be able to produce two beautiful pieces of work during that time (with considerable help and patience from Greg!).
Had two very nice days with Greg in his workshop. Learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it. My skills have improved with the help of a very patient Greg. Love the pieces I was able to produce and take home.
An extremely useful, interesting and informative 2 days spent with Greg. I had absolutely no experience of wood turning but by the end of the two days, I felt that I had learnt enough to enable me to progress with woodturning as a hobby. Although my son possesses a lathe and is already fairly skilled, he still benefitted hugely from the 2 days with Greg. A highly recommended course for any skill level. We will no doubt be returning in the future.
A fantastic beginners course which I cannot recommend highly enough. I had inherited a lathe and tools a couple of years ago but had not been able to produce much but after 2 days with Gregory I feel confident and inspired.
Gregory shared his knowledge of, and passion for woodturning in a way that made it very easy to learn and I came away with two very professional pieces. Oh, and the lunch was pretty good too.
Many thanks, Gregory.
Just spent the most fabulous 2 days with Gregory in considerably improving my woodturning skills. Gregory was very patient and asked me what I wanted to get out of the course and tailored it to suit me. I practiced and practiced with help from Gregory, but I was doing the work. We had some chats as well on various subjects including a shared other hobby we both have. I can honestly say the course was worth every penny, Gregory helped me sharpen my tools and gave good advice on what I can change when I get back home to make the job easier and quicker. I was also introduced to power sanding, which makes life a lot easier. Gregory's style, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination. I would thoroughly recommend this course to beginners and even those with some practice under their belts, you wont regret it. Thanks Gregory
An excellent two days spent with a friend, learning wood turning pretty much from scratch. Greg was very good at explaining techniques and also very patient when we struggled to get things right! The course gave us a great understanding of the basics of wood turning, which with practice, can be built upon. Greg was very generous in sharing his knowledge, giving us lots of helpful tips. He also prepared and gave us two beautiful pieces of wood, with which we were just about able to make a couple of very special bowls to take home with us. The family were impressed!
Many thanks for a tiring, but very enjoyable, couple of days.
This course is an excellent introduction to wood turning. From knowing nothing about it at the start I was able to produce 3 professional looking pieces by the end of it. Gregory was a very good teacher and found the right balance between showing us what to do and letting us try things for ourselves. Extremely happy with the progress I made during the course and very pleased with the pieces I managed to produce over the two days. I'd recommend this to anyone.
Gregory was a patient and skilled teacher. He never 'took over' and let us progress at our own pace. We were truly thrilled with the pieces we made. We covered so much in two days it was extraordinary. I went with my husband but any pair could do this with Gregory - friends, mum and son, anyone. My husband enjoyed the technical details and my lack of experience with tools and machinery made absolutely not difference. Great two days.
Had a really enjoyable two days on this course. I learned lots, was given good advice on equipment etc spent loads of time on the lathe and my other half was very impressed with what I produced. Thanks a lot Greg!.
Two brilliant days...a great experience.
Clear instructions, a relaxed teaching style, and many good tips helped me to produce a couple of pieces that even impressed my kids!
The home made bread and soup on a cold day was also most welcome!
Thanks again Greg
The best and most effective days that I've spent in a craft course.
Thanks to Greg! Such an excellent and patient teacher who is very enthusiastic and loves to transfer knowledge to his students. You'll do the work on the lathe and Greg motivates his students to do so.
I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot in 2 days and the best part is leaving with a beautiful candle stick and a breath taking bowl of cherry wood from Claygate. So proud and would get back to Greg for further courses , highly recommended!
An excellent introductory course - spent almost all the time on the lathe, and got far further than I had expected in two days as a complete beginner. Lots of practical tips and ideas from Greg, as well as lots of fun
Absolutely brilliant! My friend took me along for a birthday present and from having no experience at all, Gregory's brilliant, friendly and expert tuition had me turning out a half-decent product by the end of the afternoon. A new experience, some new skills, a very pleasant day and something tangible to show for it. Definitely recommended!
As a complete novice, this was an extremely worthwhile two days spent learning the art of wood turning. It was a thorough and packed with useful advice and I was surprised at how much how much I learnt in such a short time. I wasn't expecting the items I made to come out so well and even my friends were impressed with them.
I attended a 2 day introduction to wood turning course. It was well worth the money and very informative. The trainer taught me all the skills needed to start wood turning. I would recommend this course to anyone who wanted to start turning!
The course was brought for me as a Christmas gift, thoroughly enjoyed the two day course, gave me the confidence to emprove my skills with the lathe.
Best two days well spent. Will be booking another course.
This course was a birthday gift to me from my children and turned out to be one of the best. Not only did I learn an enormous amount, but Gregory's style of teaching and encouraging manner I am sure helped me perform better than I ever expected. A very worthwhile course that was extremely enjoyable and has enthused me to take this 'wood turning thing' further in the future.