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Turn a wooden bowl on a traditional pole lathe

Traditional Bowl Turning Lathe

Duration: 9.30 am - 5 pm

Price: £100

Book with: Stephen Ridd
at Northern Wood Monkey

27 Guessburn
Stocksfield
Northumberland
NE43 7QP

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About the Course

This is suitable for complete beginners but will provide enough challenges for people with some experience of wood turning.

You will be using a traditional foot-powered bowl lathe to turn a greenwood log into a bowl that will be just the job for your morning cereal or soups and stews.

Through the day we will discuss the build of the lathe, types of wood used and the variety of handmade tools that can be used to turn with.

We will begin by using safe techniques to axe out a 'bowl blank' from a greenwood log, mounting it on the lathe, then working our way through all the stages to complete your first turned bowl. There is ample time to get to grips with the different tools used in the process and to chat about the techniques used.

This is a one to one course in my workshop. The course dates are flexible depending on demand and can run on weekdays or weekends, so if you would like to discuss a date then either email or phone me for more information or to arrange a time.

It is a physically demanding process and a reasonable level of fitness is needed, and we will take regular breaks throughout the day. If you have knee or hip problems it may not be for you.

Adults only

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided.

I will provide a simple vegetarian lunch of soup and bread and there will be plenty of refreshments available throughout the day to keep you going.



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- - #23624

Just done this course yesterday and with Steve’s excellent guidance managed to make two birds during the afternoon! It was great fun and felt wonderful to be working with wood, so I’ll be back for the spoon-making course. Highly recommended.

- - #22179

Although I am not at all ‘crafty’, I managed, with Steve’s wonderful guidance and help, to make a presentable fanbird, and only 4 plasters required. It was great fun and I felt I learned a lot.

- - #20675

Steven is a patient teacher who makes you feel at ease learning a new skill. The course is challenging, entertaining, relaxing (sort of!) and you end up with an excellent product to show off and amaze your friends with.

- - #20648

Fabulous afternoon. Great encouraging atmosphere. Everyone smiled from start to finish! Very pleased with the finished Fan Bird.

- - #20634

It was an absolutely wonderful and engaging course where I was able to produce work I was proud of. Everything was well explained, step-by-step and I've taken away a lot of new skills. I can't wait to continue making these lovely Fan Birds at home.

- - #20330

A highly rewarding and relaxing afternoon. Just the right level of challenge and a finished product to be proud of. Steve's directions and support throughout the session were patient and clear. patient
A great course and excellent value for money

- - #19946

Fantastic course delivered by a superb tutor! Really enjoyed the process and making something unique by hand. The Fan Bird already has pride of place hanging in my hallway!

- - #18378

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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