Learn to turn in Snowdonia, North Wales - Full day



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 well-equipped training workshop which is ideally suited to one-to-one teaching. A second student can be accommodated, but only if the two students book together and if this is your wish, please message me before making your booking and I will arrange a discounted price for you. 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 09:30 to 15:30 although the finish time may be flexible to allow you to complete your project - we often work until 16:00. Dates are flexible, so please choose a date from the list of those available it will be reserved for you. Please get in touch for details, bookings and other options.

What's included in the price?

The cost of each course includes all timber and finishes required, along with all PPE, for the usual course content. However, if students opt for specialist projects which involve bought-in components, they may be asked to contribute towards the extra cost of such items 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 closed. 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.


1 day (9:30am to 3:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts




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With a career in adult education, Les combines his love of teaching with his love of woodturning. Add this to the beautiful location of Bala, in the Snowdonia National Park and you have the ideal setting for your tuition.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
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Pren, 2 Cae Bach, , Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7TF