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



Learn woodturning in the peaceful setting of our workshop located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambs/Norfolk border. Our diamond award-winning 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.

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.


½ days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Blended Monkey is a husband and wife team. Our studios are based in a small village on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border. Our setting provides ample inspiration for our work, and is perfect for our woodturning & pottery courses. Louise (ceramicist) - I studied at the Falmouth School of Art & Design and I am interested in various art forms, design and applied arts. Simon (woodturner) - I love working with wood & exploring its versatility. I'm a member of the AWGB and APTGW.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Romantic
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Christmas
  • Parking provided
  • Father's Day
  • Evenings
  • Suitable for beginners
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80 Small Lode, Upwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 9BG