Learn to turn in Snowdonia - taster course for 2 students



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 choose a date from the list of those available it will be reserved for you. 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.

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. 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.


3 hours

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
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Evenings
  • Public transport
  • Weekends
  • Suitable for beginners
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2 Cae Bach, , Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7TF