About the Course
Learn to turn in Snowdonia
About the tutor….Les Symonds is a qualified teacher with an honours degree in adult education and is a member of the Register of Professional Turners. His work has won numerous awards and accolades and has been exhibited at several galleries throughout North and Mid Wales. He is based in Bala, where he has his own small shop and gallery on the High Street, with a studio workshop at the rear where visitors can see him working. He also has a larger, well equipped workshop in Bala, which is ideally suited to one-to-one teaching.
Woodturning tuition courses are structured to the needs of the individual, their skill level and their future aspirations. All courses commence with a Health and Safety briefing and a range of PPE is available for use. For those who simply want to experience the fun of woodturning, without any plan to develop it as a hobby or career, the session will have an emphasis on basic practical skills, whereas those who do wish to continue to turn after tuition can opt for a greater emphasis on tool technique. At the end of each session, every student will come away with a finished piece of work.
This full-day course runs 09:00 to 16:00.
Please get in touch for details, bookings and other options.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The cost of each course includes all materials and finishes required, along with all PPE. Tea, coffee etc will be available within the price of the course, although students booking a full day course should bring their own lunch. Students are required to wear clothing which is either close-fitting, or can be fastened. Those with long hair will be required to wear a suitable hat/cap, or to wear their hair tied back. Prior to their session, Les will contact each student to exchange ideas and information so that your course can be structured to your needs and wishes.
Accommodation is not available at the course venue, but we will be happy to recommend a local hotel or guest house.
Excellent for these reasons;
Very able wood turner with excellent standards of completed product and wide experience
Able communicator interested in teaching students to achieve using highly developed skills
Well equipped workshop using higher quality machinery
Pleasant scenery and surroundings in this part of Wales
A warm welcome and interest in people coupled with his love of wood turning meant the whole days' experience was very enjoyable and fulfilling
Thank you Les
Mr G Pike - - #20293
I had the pleasure of attending one of Les’s Woodturning class - it was brilliant.
He assessed my previous experience (total beginner) and doctored the lesson accordingly.
Extremely articulate, informational and a general fab guy I left having proudly turned two pieces very excited and inspired.
I cant recommend the experience enough.
Phil Hackney - - #19646
Had a brilliant time, learning how to operate the lathe safely and came away with a good understanding of how to turn. Les is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor and puts you at ease. I enjoyed the day, which seemed to fly by!
I came away with a lovely scorched bowl and a xmas tree!! I have since purchased a lathe and Les was good enough to advise me on what was good and not so good, and has even offered to help me get started once i have the lathe set up, what more can you ask for!!
Colm Ebdy - - #19388
As well as being an excellent craftsman, Les is a very accomplished, attentive and personable tutor. Completely open and keen to share his own hallmark techniques, tips and tricks.
A thoroughly enjoyable day tailored to exactly what I wanted to learn. Recommended!
Tom - - #18922
Attended one of Les wood turning courses this week and It was one of the best and most enjoyable things I have done. I came away with a desire to continue it as a hobby and a oak burr bowl that surpassed my expectations. Les is a great teacher he understands, and can simply explain any aspect of the process. and the one to one tuition was great. Highly recommended, Thank you Les.
Timothy Vale - - #17666
Les provided my husband and I with 4 hours of expert and friendly tuition. We were both able to come away with a beautiful bowl - far more professional looking than i ever thought possible. Les is a fabulous teacher and the one to one nature of the course really helped. We both thoroughly recomend this course and both are enthused to go back and spend more time learning this skill.
Sallie Field - - #17611
I attended a day course and with Les's guidance, completed a bowl that impressed even myself, whos a beginner. . Good content and Les offers additional information plus is guided by the students. In fact I would consider attending again to devrlop more turning skills.
Rose quirk - - #14858
Thoroughly enjoyed course. I am very pleased with the bowl and candlestick I made, I liked choosing the piece of wood to use. Les is an excellent tutor.
David Palmer - - #14620
Excellent course, very enjoyable. Les is very patient and a skilled instructor, even managing to coach me to turn a bowl I am really proud of. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting a start in the art of wood turning.
Keith - - #14073
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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