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.
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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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,