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Beginner`s woodturning workshop

Join us for a woodturning workshop in our studio set in pretty gardens on the Norfolk/Cambs border!

About the Course

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

Classes are 1-2-1 so you will have an immersive experience with the full attention of the tutor. You'll learn how to make a number of items that you'll be able to take away with you at the end of the day. The day can also be tailored to meet the requirements of those who are relatively new to woodturning and wish to gain some more insight. 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. So couples or even parents and children can come along and experience the art of woodturning together! See our website for details.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch is also included. Depending on the weather/time of year, lunch can be taken either out in the cottage garden or in our country kitchen which has a view over the garden.

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. They may wish to make a candlestick or perhaps a bowl – they can choose from a number of items that would be suitable for beginners or those relatively new to the art. 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.

We also offer this workshop now for 2 people. So couples or even parents and children can come along and experience the art of woodturning together! See our website for details.

The 1-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 a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch.

- One-to-one tuition, ensuring the student gets the maximum benefit from the day with no distractions.

- All work can be taken home.

- Certificate of completion.

Please contact us to book your place.


Simon Taggart & Louise Taggart at Blended Monkey
80 Small Lode
PE14 9BG
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Suitable for

  • Children
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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An excellent day's introduction to wood turning. Simon was a great tutor allowing me plenty of time on the lathe and stepping in when I needed support (quite often!). I've wanted to try wood turning for some time and couldn't have had a better introduction.
Louise kept us well watered and fed so, all in all, a very enjoyable day.
Many thanks!

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- - #29103

Response from Blended Monkey:

You're welcome, Brian and thanks for the lovely review. You were a great pupil who listened and persevered. I wish you well in your future turning endeavours and please feel free to reach out if you need advice.

Kind Regards,

Simon & Louise Taggart
(Blended Monkey)

Simon was really patient and friendly, judged my learning pace really well. Excellent lunch and kept well watered. I will be back to further my knowledge. Simon has a real passion that shines through ! Came away with pieces of work I am really proud of and a thirst to develop further. Inspiring!

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- - #28284

Response from Blended Monkey:

Christian, you were a pleasure to teach and picked up the craft really well. I look forward to helping you progress in the craft, and, now that you have a lathe, you can practice, practice, practice! 😊

Simon is a really nice guy, and did a good job of teaching me not only the basics of wood turning, but also what tools and equipment I should get as a beginner.

I highly recommend if your a beginner who's thinking about having a go at wood turning.

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- - #27944

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Tom,

Thank you for your fab review!

We're so pleased you've enjoyed your first session, and we're looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards

Simon & Louise
(Blended Monkey)

A wonderful and inspiring day course! As an absolute beginner I learnt so much and came home with a magnificent bowl and other bits. A really warm and friendly couple, Simon’s teaching was well paced and Louise provided a great lunch and never ending cups of coffee. Cannot recommend too highly!

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- - #27178

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Ben,

Thank you for your lovely review :-).

We're really pleased you had a good day, and it was lovely to meet you.

We get a buzz from the enthusiasm that our 1-2-1 woodturning workshop can generate for this really interesting craft.

Simon’s woodturning course was a surprise birthday present from my daughter, something I have always fancied trying. I was a complete beginner but with Simon’s guidance, patience and kindness I was pleased and surprised to come away with what I thought were three amazing pieces. I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to try their hand at something new. Many thanks also to Louise for the very welcome refreshments throughout the day.

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- - #26636

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Janet,

We're so pleased you enjoyed your day. It was lovely to meet you!
Thank you for your fab review too :-).

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