Beginners half-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

Lisa really enjoyed her 1-2-1 woodturning experience.


Learn woodturning in the peaceful setting of our workshop located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambs/Norfolk border.

Classes are one to one so you will have an immersive experience with the full attention of the tutor. There will be no other students in the workshop.

You'll learn how to make a spindle-turned item that you'll be able to take away with you at the end of the experience. The session can also be tailored to meet the requirements of those who have just started woodturning and wish to gain some more insight in a particular element of woodturning. During this private tuition, complete beginners will learn how to mount a piece of wood on the lathe; how to cut and shape the wood using gouges and other woodturning tools, and then how to finish the wood afterwards.

We also offer this workshop now for 2 people (check out the "Beginners half-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people" course). So couples or even parents and children can come along and experience the art of woodturning together!

About a week before your workshop date, we'll e-mail you again with more details about parking etc.

We also offer accommodation in the form of our Crafter's Retreat cabin or we can advise of other local B&Bs.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be provided throughout the workshop.

The sessions are hands-on, and the student will be able to use the lathe to create their pieces. The tuition can be tuned to what they would like to do, as people tend to learn quicker working in areas that they are interested in. The aim is to make an item or items that they can feel proud of and take away with them. All students will be provided with a certificate of completion. All of the wood used is from sustainable local sources.

The half-day workshop includes:

- All tools, materials and personal protection equipment (eye protection/lung protection).

- Smocks and old shirts, but the student may wish to bring their own. If they already have some woodturning tools, they could bring these along too if they wish.

- Refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks and biscuits).

- One-to-one tuition/private tuition ensuring the student gets the maximum benefit from the experience with no distractions.

- All work can be taken home.

- Certificate of completion.

- Detailed course notes for those who wish to pursue the craft.

- Follow-up advice.


Simon Taggart & Louise Taggart at Blended Monkey


80 Small Lode
PE14 9BG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


flexible times to suit

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In-person course
Charles Milne - - #34907

Great course, Simon was very accommodating. I had done a little turning before so he was able to adapt his intended lesson to suit me. Loads of fun and I came away achieving exactly what I wanted. I fully recommend this course.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed your day. Any questions or issues, please get in touch.

— Simon & Louise

In-person course
Mark Carrington - - #34856

Having been bought this course as a birthday present, I was very excited to go and experience woodturning for the first time. I enjoy woodworking generally as a hobby, so this felt like the natural next step for me and I can confirm that this experience has helped me make up my mind and see that woodturning is definitely for me. Both Simon and Louise were very welcoming and Simon’s passion, calmness and clear tuition gave me a great amount of confidence throughout the session. I left feeling very proud of what I had learned and a with a determination to follow this up further! A huge thank you to Blended Monkey for giving me a fantastic day and a wonderful experience.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Mark,

Thank you for a lovely (and speedy!) review - felt like you were only here yesterday ;)
So glad you enjoyed your experience and I hope to see you again soon for more. Any help in the meantime, please do get in touch.

Kind Regards,

Simon & Louise

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