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.
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. 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.
The morning tends to be spent learning about spindle turning, and then after lunch the focus is usually on bowl turning, with students turning a lovely bowl to take home with them.
We also offer this workshop now for 2 people (check out the "Beginners 1-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!
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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.
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 / private tuition ensuring the student gets the maximum benefit from the day 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.
1 day (flexible times to suit)
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This was a fantastic course in a great setting. I was made welcome from the start and the level of tuition was just right and extremely good . I was given loads of tips on how to develop my wood turning, storing wood and tool care.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is starting out in wood turning!
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Chris,
I had a wonderful day on Simon's woodturning course, and have learned new skills which will enable me to develop my new found hobby. This was a birthday gift from my partner which will keep on giving for many years to come!
Simon really explained everything well and pretty soon I was getting hand’s on tuition and slowly but surely building my confidence under Simon’s expert and watchful eye.
Simon and Louise really looked after me well with plenty of food and refreshments during the day, and all set in lovely surroundings.
I’m delighted with my projects which I was able to take home, and would strongly recommend Simon’s course to anyone wanting to try their hand at woodturning.
Highly recommended !
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Joe,
The level of tuition was exactly right - clear, well explained and the right pace. I was pleased to learn so much and come away with pieces that looked good. The facilities there are good, with a good light lunch and pleasant surroundings too. I'd readily go back for more, but wondering how and where I can put kit of my own!
Many thanks to both.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Bill,
Thank you Simon and Louise for your hospitality, chat, fabulous lunch and of course a great day of tutoring by Simon on the pleasures of making all things wooden. I came away with a lot of advice and pointers.
What a wonderful surround and setup!!
No hesitation in recommending Blended Monkey
Go on, give it a go, you won’t regret it. 👍👍
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Stuart. Thank you so much for a lovely review. You were a pleasure to teach and I hope you take up the craft; any help you need, please just shout.
Simon and Louise gave me a very warm welcome when I arrived and what followed was a wonderful day of woodturning! Simon is a brilliant teacher - informative, inspiring, patient and helpful. I felt at home throughout the day and whenever I had questions or needed advice, Simon was there to help. Like all great teachers Simon stood back and let me get on with it, but always with his watchful eye to make sure I used the tools and techniques correctly.
Drinks, snacks and a lovely lunch in the dappled shade of the garden added to the day and in the end I'd managed to make a honey scoop and sycamore bowl, much to my delight and my wife's astonishment!
If you're thinking of trying your hand at woodturning, look no further than Simon at Blended Monkey - I can't recommend it highly enough!
Response from Blended Monkey:Many thanks for a lovely review, Peter. You were a pleasure to teach and we hope that you continue with the craft; don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more information and help.
A excellent and very informative day for me as a complete novice to woodturning, Simon is a very good tutor and the workshop environment he has set up is first class, I came away with a far better understanding of what to do and what not to do, very happy. Louise put on a lovely lunch which was greatly appreciated and the tea kept coming just when you needed it, all in all, a great day and one I would recommend to anyone interested in getting into woodturning.
Thank you Simon and Louise.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thanks, Rob, for a great review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your day. Let us know how you get on and do get in touch with any questions or queries - happy to help!
Simon’s woodturning course was a Christmas gift from my children and was something I had always wanted to do.
Both Simon and Louise make you feel very welcome. Along with Simon’s guidance and teaching skills for beginners and Louise’s hospitality ( plenty of drinks and a lovely lunch ) they make for a fantastic team.
If anyone is thinking of doing something like this I couldn’t think of a better place to start.
I am looking forward to doing the Intermediate course in the future.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Phil,
I have done some woodturning for several years but am self-taught and never had 1-2-1 instruction, consequently my technique leaves a lot to be desired! I saw this 1-day course, a birthday present from my wife, as an ideal opportunity to do something about this.
From the moment I arrived Simon and Louise made me most welcome and the whole day was delightful. Simon is an inspirational teacher and as well as helping me to improve my basic skills he suggested lots of ideas for extending the range of projects I could consider in the future. I also learnt a great deal about the way Simon has organised his workshop and enjoyed chatting about many different aspects of this fascinating craft. Louise provided frequent cups of tea and a lovely lunch which greatly added to the enjoyment of the day.
I can thoroughly recommend spending a day with Simon whether you are an absolute beginner or more experienced.
Response from Blended Monkey:Chris,
The course is a wonderful introduction into a new skill. Simon has a very relaxed style of teaching that puts you at ease straight away. His enthusiasm and passion to help you achieve a wonderful bowl is second to none. I must also thank Louise for a wonderful farm house lunch. I am definitely looking forward to another session with Simon
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Steve,
The day was a Christmas present from my wife. I had done some woodturning at school, some 45 years ago, but remembered none of it. The workshop Simon has is lovely and the set up great. Simon is a really good teacher, explains things very clearly and patiently and lets you try things for yourself. I found the day flew by and the turning was very therapeutic. I came away with 2 really pleasing bits of work, and the bug. I will definitely do more woodturning.
As I said above, the workshop was really nice. It is well kept and safety is obviously a high priority for Simon. He provided all the gear you needed and had excellent ventilation systems.
There is nothing I could fault by the day. Louise provided a lovely lunch to round off a perfect day. I thoroughly recommend this course.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Tony,
This was a birthday present , delayed by Covid. Everything about the course was excellent. The communications before hand, the environment and work shop, the lunch but especially the hands on side of it and the pieces I made. I have inherited a lathe and tools and was keen to start learning how to use them. Incredibly practical and useful as well as relaxing and the time flew by.
I know you can do a day split between pottery and woodturning, as a fun day i think that would be really good fun too.
I can't wait to get turning myself
The whole thing beats anything you could get from a book or youtube hands down
Simon was a great teacher and gave the right balance of help and being left to get on with it.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Oliver,
A day to savour. Simon introduced me to lathe and tools and we quickly began to get hands on, looking at techniques and learning do's and dont's. A lovely lunch broke up the session and I was very happy with the honey dipper and the bowl which I had produced by the end of the day.
Response from Blended Monkey:Phil, we're so pleased you enjoyed your 1-2-1 woodturning experience. It was a pleasure to have you in the workshop, and don't hesitate to contact us if you need more info when you're setting up your own workshop.
Fantastic time with Simon who is a great tutor. Really please with the bowl I made. I never felt rushed and he took time to make sure I produced something to be proud of. Lunch was really good and complimented the feel good day. Just what I needed. Wishing Simon and Louise all the best.
The follow up notes and photos of the day were a great reminder to share with friends and family.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Julian,
The days 1 to 1 woodturning course was a Xmas present from my wife and although delayed due to Covid was well worth the wait as it was fantastic. Simon is very knowledgeable and had plenty if patience with a complete novice! The workshop facilities, machinery and tools etc were great and gave a very good taster for this craft.
Plenty of coffee and very nice lunch was provided, thank you Louise.
I came away with two pieces of work which my wife thinks I must have purchased, not so, I made them all be with a little help (a lot of help!)
The post course notes and equipment advice schedule were emailed over to me that evening and are compressive and full of photos and links, will prove very helpful if I take it further.
I could not recommend this course enough, it was a five hour round trip and I would be more than happy to do again - great day, thank you Simon and Louise.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thanks for a lovely review, Terry, and I'm glad you got home safe and sound. If you'd like to "purchase" more turned objects, don't hesitate to contact us again 😉😂. Any questions/advice, please drop me a line - only too pleased to help.
What a brilliant introduction to wood turning!! Simon and Louise at Blended Monkey made the whole experience, from the booking stage to the course day, extremely easy.
Simon's enthusiasm for turning is infectious and his guidance, patience and knowledge added a different level to the day.
Plenty of refreshments 'on tap' and lunch was great.
I would recommend this course, without hesitation, to anyone who is interested in the art of wood turning.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thanks, Stephen. Great praise from a teacher! So glad you enjoyed the day and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help once the workshop is sorted.
The beginners wood turning course by the Blended monkey was great. I booked the one to one course and I had never done woodturning before at all and Simon was an excellent teacher.
Simon was patient and clear demonstrating the various techniques.
I had a really enjoyable day and it surpassed my expectations and I am keen to now put into practice what I was taught.
I would highly recommend this course.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Stuart, thanks for a great review. You were a pleasure to teach - nothing beats an enthusiastic student! Do get in touch if you need any help and advice in the future.
A fantastic introduction to wood turning with the fab Blended Monkey team!
Simon obviously has a deep supply of wood turning knowledge, he pairs it well with a patient and enthusiastic teaching manner.
Both Simon and Louise were lovely, conversation flowing freely throughout the day. Great lunch, loads of coffee!
Even managed to come home with a couple of turned pieces.
Would highly recommend.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thanks, Chris - glad you enjoyed your day. You were a very able and enthusiastic student and a pleasure to teach. We hope you continue with the craft and look forward to see you again.
An excellent day of woodturning. A chance to try something new with patient tuition and guidance. An excellent experience, great lunch and lovely people. Highly recommend.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thanks for a lovely review, Sam. Glad you had a fun experience; you were a joy to teach. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you take the plunge and need some help.
I really enjoyed the woodturning experience. Simon, the tutor, gave a really good introduction to both the tools and the wood we would use. His balance of demonstrating what we would do and letting the student loose was ideal. In the morning I made a honey spoon and in the afternoon alovely bowl. A thoroughly enjoyable day with an interesting tutor and ample refreshments, including a tasty lunch in the kitchen. I might well be booking another session in the near future. Thanks for the experience!
Response from Blended Monkey:We're really pleased you enjoyed your woodturning experience!
My wife got me this course as a Christmas present I had a fantastic day. Simon was an excellent teacher full of useful knowledge and guidance which he happly passed on. Produced two beautiful pices of work of which I am very proud. Beautiful surroundings, nice workshop I would happily recommend this course to anyone.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Sid,
Sorry for the delay in sending this review, I am not good at doing reviews as they usual sound naff if they're good.
I came on the day out at the end of October after receiving it as a birthday present, I had bought a lathe in June this year and try to get to grips with it, making a lot of mistakes and with all the catches started to get anxious when using it. Did make a few things but wasn't very happy with finished item.
So came to see Simon and we started at the very beginning with the basics, went through everything tools, sharpening, how to stand, and most important how to use the chisels the correct way!
Well worth it, if I was paying for myself I might have had second thoughts, but I would have been wrong, definitely one to one tuition was ideal for me.
I can now go to the lathe and with confidence start turning.
Thank you, Howard
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Howard,
Great day we'll worth doing.
Simon is very Informative and works well towards your needs and capabilities.
I learned a lot and soon be turning bowls for fun. Thanks for a great day
Response from Blended Monkey:Really pleased you enjoyed your 1-2-1 woodturning workshop with us here at Blended Monkey. We try to provide the best possible woodturning tutoring tailored to the specific needs and levels of the student. Lovely meeting you and we hope you go on to turn many lovely bowls!
Simon and Louise made me feel really welcome and the day course was really enjoyable. Simon was a patient and engaging teacher. I'm very happy with my creations and hope that I get the chance to try this craft again - I think I have caught the 'bodging' bug!
Response from Blended Monkey:It was lovely to meet you, and we are so pleased you enjoyed your woodturning workshop.
Superb day out the day flew by.
Straight from the get go I felt welcome in a relaxing environment. Learnt the basics throughout the day basically, tinkering with different techniques to get a desired outcome.
Left to go home with two woodturned pieces which I am very happy with.
Response from Blended Monkey:Really pleased that you enjoyed the day, and you made some really lovely pieces too! Thanks for the great review :-).
Fabulous productive day with super wood crafts to take away and treasure.
Simon is absolutely a great tutor very Patient. The whole day is just so relaxing and so much fun. Simon is such a friendly and approachable guy. We had one of our best days in a very long time. We would highly recommend this day to everyone.
Thank you. 😊
Response from Blended Monkey:We're so pleased you guys enjoyed your pairs woodturning workshop. It was a pleasure teaching you both and it's always great to see students leaving the workshop with a smile on their faces :-).
WOW what an excellent day, from the gate opening to the gate closing when we arrived and finished the welcome we recieved from Simon and Louise was second to none. Simon is an excellent tutor who works at your pace, his knowledge no only for the skills of wood turning but also about the types of wood, and what the tools are used for. This being my first experience of this skill has given me an appetite for more. Louise was lovely keeping the tea and coffee coming and the wonderful lunch.
I thoroughly recommend this work shop for anyone wanting to learn this skill.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Paul,
We thoroughly enjoyed our two person Wood Turning Beginners course with Simon and are delighted with what we took home. We made a beautiful bowl, a butter pat press, a light pull and two honey dippers, the latter being the result of our first practice pieces. It is amazing how a square block of wood becomes cylindrical with just a few, carefully guided, moves. Excellent, patient instruction and an altogether very interesting and satisfying experience with real, tangible, output. We learned a lot. The lunch provided was also excellent and just what we would have chosen had we been asked for a preference. We were looked after extremely well and it was just 20 minutes from home. Could not have been better.
Response from Blended Monkey:Sheila/Paul,
This wood turning course was bought by my family as a birthday present in February. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions my initial date was put back until Sept. Simon and Louise were exceptionally helpful in arranging everything. The course was excellent, Simon's teaching was very thorough and his patience was second to none! It was great to take home my projects, a honey dipper and bowl, which were admired by family and friends. My daughter was welcomed for lunch which we were able to enjoy in their lovely garden.
Both Simon and Louise are lovely friendly people and it was a joy to be in their company. We hope to see them in the future at the local craft fair. I thoroughly recommend this course for anyone. Just a shame I didn't get to do Louise's pottery course. Perhaps another birthday present!
Response from Blended Monkey:Terry,
I had a fantastic time on the day's woodturning course. I was a total beginner but was given lots of support and so happy with my pieces. It was great to be given the right amount of time and freedom to explore the tools, but also know that I had support there whenever it was needed (quite a lot!).
Lunch and snacks were also of the highest standard!
Simon has been really helpful in advising about tools and I can't wait to develop my skills further in the future.
Response from Blended Monkey:Really glad you enjoyed the day and that you got the course notes afterwards. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any help or advice.
Highly recommend this course very informative and very enjoyable.
Response from Blended Monkey:Thank you for your review Alex. It was a pleasure teaching you and you made some lovely pieces! :-)
Great course- we got hands on very quickly and Simon was an excellent tutor. Gave very good explanations to all questions without throwing too much information at us. We made some beautiful bowls and had a memorable day. Absolutely loved it.
Response from Blended Monkey:Really pleased you had a good day Kim, and thank you for your fab review.
As a total novice at wood turning (and all other crafts!) I had an amazing day. Simon pitched the day perfectly so we could get the most out of it. We learnt a lot and felt that we really achieved something. It was also great fun! We had a lovely lunch and felt utterly welcome with Simon and Louise.
Response from Blended Monkey:Annie, thank you for your lovely review.
We really enjoyed the wood turning course, it was a lovely day and we are very happy with the pieces we made.
Simon is an excellent tutor; very informative, and very patient!
Simon and Louise made us feel at home, plenty of refreshments, lunch was lovely. We enjoyed every second!
Highly recommend; we will be looking to book another course in the future.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Sarah, hi Robin,
I am a recent beginner to wood turning and though I recently joined a club I need a course to help me improve.
On my arrival Simon and his dear wife made feel at home, including their dogs. Simon explained what the day consisted of and the safety measures of his workshop.
He was very patient and fully explained on...
What type of chisels there were.
How to hold the chisels.
How to stand in front of the lathe.
The speed of the lathe.
And much much more.
He allowed me to be creative and gave tips to improve.
I was looked after throughout the day with refreshments and the lunch was very nice.
I made a bowl, the best I have ever made (my own tries before though ok were not as good) it was smooth and great. The other item was a honey spoon and though simple, was indeed welcomed by my dear wife.
I would recommend all beginners to attend a course like this one before you get into bag habits.
Thanks Simon a great day was had and if there are more course you do to go beyond my present standard then I will book another in the future.
Response from Blended Monkey:Keith, thank you for your lovely review. It was fab to meet you and we'd love to have you back in the future. Simon has no problem providing a more intermediate/next step up from beginner workshop for you, so let us know when you'd like to do it. You made a beautiful bowl :-).
A great day professionally presented. Simon's tuition was excellent allowing even a novice to produce a piece of work to be proud of. A very pleasant lunch in lovely surroundings added to the enjoyment of a fantastic experience.
Response from Blended Monkey:Nick, we are really glad you enjoyed your woodturning experience. You both made pieces you should most definitely be proud of. It's amazing what you can do in a day!
A really great day learning the art of wood turning. Simon was extremely patient and clear with his instructions. The set up was very professional and well presented. Lunch was excellent (a big thank you to you both for catering for our dietary needs). In conclusion, a fantastic day which I would both highly recommend and love to do again. Thank you both so much 😊
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Nikki,
Really good fun!
I’d done some woodturning before, but it was really good to get some proper instruction on the matter.
Both Simon and Louise were very friendly and made the entire day a real pleasure.
I would definitely recommend this course to both newcomers and those with some experience as well.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Thomas,
This day course was a brilliant introduction to woodturning having never done any previously.
Simon was a great tutor who took time to explain things in detail before handing over the tools for me to have a try and was always on hand to give advice or step in when required.
This course was very relaxed and informal which was ideal for someone with no turning experience and both Simon and Louise put me at ease from the start which was great as I was quite nervous when I arrived.
Many thanks to Louise for the lovely lunch and the not to mention the endless supply of refreshments throughout the day.
The information pack supplied after the course with some woodturning equipment and beginners notes as well as photos and video of the day was a nice touch.
I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to try their hand at woodturning.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Brian,
Simon was an excellent teacher and I learned a lot of new techniques which I feel I can put to use on my own. The lunch was lovely too!
Overall a great course, I would definitely recommend it.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Mat,
This was a most enjoyable course and I left with numerous tips and, of course, improved techniques. Simon and Louise were great hosts and the day started with a warm welcome from both. Simon was a very patient tutor and stepped in whenever necessary but also allowed us (a 2 person course) time to practice what we had been shown. Louise ensured we had enough drinks throughout the day, together with a lovely lunch which we ate in the very pleasant garden. When I am ready to go to the next level, I will be giving Simon a call and am happy to recommend this course to anyone who wants to start woodturning; but be warned - it is addictive!
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Michael,
Brilliant introduction into the art of woodturning in a beautiful setting. Simon is such a patient tutor, which he had to be when I took lumps out of my honey dipper and blunted his tools through misuse. Nonetheless he persevered and I came away very satisfied and feeling competent enough to have a go on my own.
Response from Blended Monkey:Paul, thank you for your lovely review.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Tom,
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!
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Ben,
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.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Janet,