Learn to turn in Snowdonia - taster course for 2 students

Les at his studio workshop at Pren


A very extensive Covid-19 risk assessment has been completed and a whole raft of control measures are in place. This course was re-commenced on 1st August and is certified under the "We're Good to Go" scheme, and we also have an NHS Track and Trace QR-code poster available at the workshop. If you wish to see a full copy of our risk assessment and control measures, before booking, please ask.

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 a well-equipped workshop that is ideally suited to single or paired students.

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.

Dates are flexible, so please state what date you'd like (we don't teach on Wednesdays or Sundays) and if your chosen date is available, it will be reserved for you. If it isn't available, you'll be given a range of other dates to choose from.

This taster session is aimed at the absolute beginner who wants to experience woodturning for the first time, or, if they are already turning, to get help with a specific aspect of the craft with which they may be experiencing some difficulty. 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.

Each 3-hour taster session costs £75

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.

Students are required to wear clothing that 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 the session, Les will contact each student to exchange ideas and information so that your course can be structured to your needs and wishes.


Les Symonds at Pren


2 Cae Bach
LL23 7TF

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


3 hours (9:30am to 12:30pm)

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