Pen making and wood turning introduction



Learn how to make beautiful hand turned pens and other functional items in this introductory course.
This course would make a brilliant gift for someone looking to take up a new skill or hobby, or, the items you make would be brilliant gifts for anyone.

If you are thinking about buying a lathe and want a taster session to really get to grips with the idea, this would be a great way to start your new passion.

At the end of this session you will have made two very nice pens. You will also have made a functional item such as a door stop, a European style rolling pin, a spatula, a honey dibber etc. and will have a whole world of ideas for projects in order to use your new skills.

What you will learn

In short, everything needed to make stunning pens and more!

All sessions start with a discussion about health and safety and the tools, and safety equipment you will be using.

Followed by tool maintenance and sharpening which leads to using good sharp tools to achieve the best possible results.

Your teacher will demonstrate and guide for your skills development explaining why certain techniques work and others would lead to less favorable results.

We will learn all about the more specialist pen making tools and make a plan for making our first pen.
This pen will be made from your choice of native or exotic hardwood from our stock as well as very high-quality pen components.

What you'll take away

• Two brilliant pens made by you!
• Access to videos and how-to primers made by the course leader
• A functional item


Due to the nature of this course, participants should be 13+ years of age.
This course runs for a maximum number of 2 students at a time (ensuring you get as much support as needed)
Lunch and breaks are scheduled in with hot drinks and biscuits available, lunch is not provided, though shops are within an easy walk.

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?

All tools and materials needed to complete two fantastic pens (your choice of ball point or fountain)

Hot drinks and biscuits.

High-quality advice and guidance throughout the session.

Access to videos and documents explaining the tools and techniques you will have experienced and more.

A nice, friendly, well equipped and inviting location to work.


Philip at World of Woodcraft

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590Brunshaw Road
BB10 4HP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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Paul Flint - - #37963

Thanks to Phillip for a great day of woodturning, a really relaxed and satisfying day. I made three lovely items, working with Phillip is a great pleasure,I was smiling all day looking forward to booking more lessons.

Lucy Platt - - #37292

I booked the 1 day wood workshop with Phil as a Valentine's Day gift for my husband, and it was the best present I could have bought - for both of us! Phil is so passionate and enthusiastic, and this made the day really special. We loved working on the wood and transforming it into a beautifully carved pen. I've kept one of the pens and am giving the other as a gift.
A woodturning workshop is a brilliant experience and there's something really satisfying about working with your hands and applying such precise movements to mould the wood. It's also the longest I've spent away from my phone in a while - this in itself is a huge bonus!
Thanks so much, Phil.

Response from World of Woodcraft:

Hello Lucy, Thank you for your kind words.
Working with you and your husband was brilliant!
I love to share the things I am passionate about with people who get a buzz from making new things and learning through making.
This defiantly happened and the results include one-of-a-kind items and memories of a top experience.
By the way, you two are defiantly one of the nicest couples I think I have ever met.

Del Lewis - - #35987

Had a good day learning a new skill. Philip is very knowledgeable and patient teacher. I was impressed with the pens considering I had no prior experience of wood turning

Alan Metcalfe - - #32638

I had a great day learning to turn and make pens. Phillip has a focused yet relaxed teaching style that more than demonstrates his immense knowledge and skill in turning.
It was a fun day making some beautiful items that I never thought I could make.
I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wishes to learn to wood turn.

Response from World of Woodcraft:

Hello Alan
Thank you for your kind words.
I try very hard to offer my students the best possible introduction to woodturning with the understanding that if I was starting with a new passion, This is what I would want.

I am really glad that you had a great time and I am sure you will continue to make some brilliant things in the future.

George Crumbleholme - - #28187

Excellent day. Very relaxed and practical.

Response from World of Woodcraft:

Hello George. Thank you for your kind words.
You were a fantastic student and we ended the session having completed some brilliant projects. I am really happy that our objectives of making a carving maul and 2 pens as well as gaining confidence, understanding, and enthusiasm for woodturning were achieved.

I am looking to create a new experience day aimed to continue the exploration into this craft and add to the creative possibilities you now have.

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