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Bowl Turning at The Green Wood Centre


Duration: 1 Day

Price: £120

Contact: Small Woods at Small Woods Association

The Old Station
Station Road
Coalbrookdale, Telford
Shropshire
TF8 7DR
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 25th April 2020

About the Course

Learn to turn a wooden bowl on a traditional pole lathe. From log to bowl, you’ll learn the following processes:

- Understanding the properties of different Bristish timbers and choosing the right timber suitable for bowl turning.
- Using a froe to split the wood and how to mark out a bowl ‘blank’
- How to use an axe safely to rough out your blank
- Learning to attach a mandrel and how to mount your blanks to the lathe correctly
- Using and understanding different types of hand made turning tools
- Finishing touches; trimming, drying and oiling and/or painting your bowl

Although we are outside, we will be under cover and we recommend appropriate footwear and waterproofs. The day can be physically demanding so you’ll need a practical level of fitness or a good level of stamina!

About the tutor: Michelle Mateo was introduced to greenwood working in 2013 whilst volunteering at a woodland community called the Cherrywood Project. Since then she has had the privilege to learn from the best crafts people who have encouraged her to push her craft further; her main passion lies withing bowl turning and ash splint basketry.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tools, equipment and refreshments are provided and participants are asked to bring their own food and appropriate foot wear and clothing. Free parking. Courses start promptly at 9.30 (feel free to arrive from 9 for refreshments).

Rustic huts on site, camping / campervan area with stocked kitchen and wash facilities and fire pit. Café on site too! Please ask us for advice on local B&Bs and hotels.

Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.



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