Beginners half-day pen turning experience (woodturning) 1-2-1 or pairs



Learn how to make a woodturned pen in the peaceful setting of my workshop located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambs/Norfolk border. Our diamond award-winning classes are one to one or for pairs so you will have an immersive experience with the full attention of the tutor. There will be no other students in the workshop. This half-day session can be arranged for either the morning or the afternoon. It includes refreshments throughout but not lunch. Simon will run through some essential health & safety info and then the student will learn the basics in spindle turning before going on to create a beautiful executive fountain or ballpoint pen from a selection of woods. This experience can be enjoyed as a 1-2-1 or pairs experience - making it the perfect couples gift for Valentine's Day, birthdays & anniversaries. So couples or even parents and children can come along and experience the art of pen turning together! If you're purchasing this pen turning experience as a gift, we can send you a personalised gift voucher in the post or by email for the lucky recipient. It makes the perfect unique experience! 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 pens. The aim is to make a pen 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. - Follow-up advice.


3 hours

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)
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Romantic
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Christmas
  • Parking provided
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Evenings
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
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80 Small Lode, Upwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 9BG

Booking options

1-2-1 AM or PM sessions
Flexible times
£155.00 See dates
PAIRS AM or PM sessions
Flexible times
£265.00 See dates