My wood turning work has mainly consisted of staircase associated work and general architectural work (e.g. newel posts & spindles), but I have a developed a passion for craft turning in varied forms over recent years. I want to pass on this knowledge and help others to developed their own wood turning skills. I am very happy to support all ages and levels of ability wherever I can.
I have a purpose built workshop fully equipped with two well-equipped professional lathes, a range of sharpening equipment, health & safety equipment and I have the capacity to work from log to bowl (there’s a wood burner in case it gets cold).
Through my salt and pepper mill course I have received a lot of interest in an introduction to wood turning and so am now offering a one day course, with the option to continue for further days if wished.
This course is flexible and is suitable for people who would like to learn about the basics of wood turning or to enhance their rudimentary skills.
This one day course will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques of wood turning, and you’ll go home the proud owner of a simple hand-turned item at the end of the day. For example, you might create a garden dibber or a simple bowl. The bowl pictured was created in one day with a little help!
If this is your first time at wood turning, we can look at the various tools and cuts they make. We can then concentrate on one aspect to allow you to make a simple item.
Much of the wood used is locally sourced from fallen or unwanted trees.
A full day will usually run from 10:00 – 16:00 but the day is flexible. This course is run with up to two students working on the same kind of project at a time. Whilst many sessions are on a one-to-one basis, if you would like to guarantee this it is available to book for £125. Please note, dress in suitable clothing and footwear for a day in the workshop.
I normally run the courses on Thursdays and Fridays when I'm available but I'm flexible to fit in with people's individual needs, please contact me with dates that suit you.
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?
All tuition, use of tools and required materials. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Bring a pack lunch.
I had a fantastic day with Bill. He was knowledgeable and shared his skill and enthusiasm in a way a novice could follow. The process to making a beautiful bowl was covered really well. Bill's technique of telling, showing and then allowing me to do for myself really suited me. His workshop is well equipped and warm. And his welcome was equally warm. A great experience.
My first time woodturning and Bill made it really enjoyable. The course was a good balance of being let loose but under Bill's excellent guidance. The workshop is well kitted out and tea was on tap.
Thanks Bill for a great day, the pepper grinder has pride of place in the kitchen!
Had a genuinely excellent time with Bill in his shop.
I had no previous experience of wood turning and was looking to understand it from a hobbyist point of view. Bill was patient and explained what i needed to do and then gave me space to try. I always felt well supervised and instructed but i appreciated that Bill stood back let me have a whack at it.
I'm very pleased with my bowl but i my friends and colleagues are bored of hearing about it.
Just finished a very therapeutic day at Bill’s making a gorgeous bowl. Never done this before so having a teacher like Bill to explain, demonstrate and encourage you to have a go was the perfect balance. What a fabulous teacher, and great set up. The day flew by, and to my delight I’ve ended up with a fantastic bowl (with a little help from Bill), far beyond my expectations. Thank you so much Bill. 100% recommend this experience.
A friend and I, both complete novices, had a great day of wood turning with Bill, he’s a patient teacher who gets the balance of showing/teaching/helping just right. He’s got a really well set up workshop so no hanging around waiting for a piece of equipment to be available.
We are both ridiculously proud of our creations and would happily go back to learn more - highly recommended.
My 11 year old son and I spent a very enjoyable day with Bill at his well equipped workshop on the Introduction to Woodturning course. I was a bit apprehensive that the course would not be suited to my son but Bill worked really well with him and was very patient as he created a Harry Potter style wand. I turned a shallow bowl to use as a wallet/coin tray and at every stage, Bill explained to us the difference in effect depending on the wood used, the grain, the tools, the lathe speed, etc.
I can't imagine anyone being able to be more informative and helpful than Bill, who seems to do with ease something that I experienced to be rather more challenging. This was a really good introduction and I will use the advice given, hopefully to good effect, in terms of equipment to buy.
I strongly suspect, that we will be back with Bill at some point to help us take that next step.
I had a great time making a pepper mill. Bill is very knowledgeable with a calm teaching style. He will guide you through every technique required to make the piece. The workshop is nicely laid out with everything in its place. PPE is provided but I would recommend wearing old clothes or work wear as you will get covered in chippings. I've considered getting a lathe for a while and if I do, I'd definitely go back to Bill for further lessons and guidance.
Just finished a great day wood turning with Bill. What a marvellous day-Bill clearly loves his craft and passes on his knowledge and skills very effectively. On top of that he's a really great engaging conversationalist. If , like me you are starting out in wood turning Bill is the perfect place to begin your journey. Thank you Bill. It was a pleasure meeting you. See you again soon .
I had not done any woodturning before, until I spent the day with Bill in his very comfortable workshop, which I understand Bill built himself. It’s lovely and well equipped with woodturning lathes and Saws etc. I really like the kettle which appears to have no off switch.
Bill found my level and would give me tuition then it was up to me to copy the demonstration he had just shown me. Time was never an issue and Bill has patience and extremely good depth of knowledge which he is more than willing to share.
I had a great day and took my bowl home, which I was very proud off.
I intend to go again, it was very rewarding, Thanks Bill.