Half-day 1-2-1 sharpening (woodturning gouges) workshop for 1 person



Learn how to sharpen your woodturning gouges. This diamond award-winning workshop is offered to those who have a lathe and gouges and who are wanting a better understanding of sharpening. The experience is held 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. There will be no other students in the workshop. Pre-requisites: · Familiarity with spindle and bowl turning techniques · Own your own tools (bring them along) In this intermediate workshop, students will spend the half-day session learning methods of shaping and sharpening tools, on both a grinding wheel and belt linisher system (provided), culminating in sharpening their own tools properly. The focus will be on the following tools: · Spindle Roughing Gouge · Continental Spindle Gouge · Spindle Gouges (standard & detail) · Bowl Gouges (standard, bottom feeder & 40/40) · Parting Tool · Scrapers (standard & shear) · Skew Chisels (various) (NOTE: you don't need to own all of these tools) You will learn how to grind the most common tools effectively (including your own). 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?

INCLUDED: - 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. - Certificate of completion. - Detailed course notes sent on by e-mail afterwards. - Follow-up advice.


½ days

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
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Evenings
  • Christmas
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Daytime (weekdays)
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80 Small Lode, Upwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 9BG