Wood turning courses

Duration: 1 day

Price: £140

Run by: George Foweraker RPT
at Artistry in Wood

01278 782074

7 Rectory Drive
Burnham on Sea

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About the Course

George Foweraker runs this one day wood turning course from his well equipped workshop in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset.

Each course is specifically designed to meets the students needs, so that you obtain the required skills to take away and progress within the craft.

The emphasis remains on the correct use of tools and techniques to use while practicing the craft of wood turning.

Whether you are starting out on your first step in woodturning or would like to delve into hollow forms, turning from green wood through to the finished item, or learn to texture, embellish and add colour to your work each course can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Possible components of the course can include (depending on your level of experience and preference):

Texturing skills such as:
Rotary carving
Texturing and Spiraling systems
Power carving
Texturing using conventional turning tools

Finishing and Coloring techniques such as:
Finishing including sealers and finish selection
Natural wood finishes including oils and waxes
Spirit stains and techniques
Specialist wax finishes such as Liming and Gilt treatments
Exploring the creative possibilities of the Jo Sonja’s © range

A member of the Register of Professional Turners (RPT), George is an innovative professional woodturning tutor and maker from Burnham on Sea, Somerset.

George draws his inspiration from the natural and architectural environment in and around Somerset. George is currently interested in texture, form and colour as a way to add interest to his work.

Rarely turning exotic timbers, George wants to be certain that the wood he uses are taken from a sustainable source, and favors native timbers obtained locally.

George is currently the author of articles as well as being featured within woodworking magazines within the UK. As well as membership of the RPT, George is a member of The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, The Pembrokeshire Woodturners and has recently been invited to join the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen. He is also a founding member of the Burnham on Sea Woodturning club.

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

What's included in the price?

Refreshments, lunch, turning smock, safety equipment and all tools and materials are included for use during the course.

This price is for one-to-one tuition. If two people would like to come the total price will be £220 00 (£110 each).

Good, reasonably priced accommodation can be found within 400 yards of the workshop - just ask George for details.

Want to review this course?

Thank you both for a fantastic day.
Susan's coffee, home made soup and hospitality deserves a platinum students choice award all by themselves.
George, is a fantastic teacher with lots of patience and a knack for putting people at ease,he gave me the confidence to try a completely new hobby which I am thrilled about and hopefully I gained the skills to make my Dad proud.
Thanks George I was your last student of 2017 and I’m sure you will see me again In 2018.
Enjoy your break from teaching and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year


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My Husband Shane has just come back from a days tuition with George. Still grinning from ear to ear! Couldn’t fault a thing, lovely people who couldn’t be more welcoming and helpful! Really enjoyed the day and has a lovely bowl to show for it and would highly recommend george to anyone!

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Had a great day with George and Chris. Made a bowl I am really proud of - with some expert (patient!) help! Sue took great care of us, tea and coffee on tap & would highly recommend, and look forward to visiting again.

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George, Sue and Chris made it a lovely day for us, full of laughs but lots
of knowledge as well. George went out of his way to accommodate all four of
us even though he usually does two which we really appreciated. We all went
home with such lovely bowls and an addiction to wood turning.

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Thank you to you George and Chris for a great day yesterday - brilliant tuition and an excellent result.  My finished bowl is taking pride of place on my coffee table! 

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We spent a lovely day with George and his brother Chris making beech bowls. They're very attentive and knowledgeable tutors, I highly recommend the course. Thank you George and Chris for a day of woodturning, politics and philosophy - don't ask what Confusius said according to George..... . Regards Ilse

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Thank you for a very enjoyable 2 days, and for your patience in trying to sort out 40 years of self taught bad practice and mistaken techniques. I think you have set me on the path to a new era of enjoying turning.

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A brilliant second days tuition. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned so much. I felt having two ‘students’ worked well and enjoyed the additional company . I am so pleased with my bowl and look forward to putting into practice all I have learned. Thanks also to Susan for lunch and ‘on demand’ beverages.

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Just like old times . Thank you for a smashing day full of banter and laughter and the end product, a super bowl of which I am justifiably proud as it is the first time I have been anywhere near a lathe in two years. I think it just goes to show I must have had a damned good teacher when I started out! Thanks again to George, and , of course, Susan.

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First impressions are always important and the greeting from George and his wife on my arrival made the day.
I learnt so much during the day course. The structure of timber made me better understand the correct way to use turning tools, the profile of gouges, some work to be done with the sharpening system on my bowl gouge and the finishing of work with abrasives, sanding systems and applying finishes. Most of all safety. I now realise I must rethink my approach to working with my lathe and how, I had in the past have put myself in danger on occasions.
Christmas is not too far off and I can think of a couple of tools demonstrated will definitely be on my wish list; whether anyone will take notice is debatable. I'm hoping to get to work turning next week, family permitting; grandchildren return to school on Monday but I still have other commitments
to taking up some my time. Retirement keeps me busy.
Dave Darby.

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Thanks for a really surprising day and for reminding me that I have to listen in order to learn what the master wants to teach the student ! Thank Susan for feeding me. I can see before I go any further that I need to master chisel sharpening and so will get a jig. Well done. The day worked perfectly. Peter.

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Thanks for a great day’s woodturning yesterday - a brilliant birthday present. You both made me feel so welcome and I felt at ease straight away. You’re a great teacher and built my confidence up so that I feel okay to give it a go myself now. It was the cherry on top to come away with such an amazing bowl to remind me of the day and all the techniques we covered. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone. Thanks very much again to you and Susan for an awesome time.


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I found the course terrific,a perfect level of instruction in a relaxed and friendly setting.Very hands on with a superb bowl to take home. I would recommend you to anyone .

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I had a great day at Artistry In Wood yesterday and can say that it was a very enjoyable experience. The day went really quickly and I didn't want to stop to go home. George and his wife were very welcoming and made me feel very at home.

During the day I made a lovely bowl for my EQP and this was all thanks to George's expertise and excellent teaching ability. I have learnt a lot from the day and would definitely come back and recommend to others.

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I just wanted to say what a great day I had the other day turning with George .
Every visit improves my confidence and my knowledge and I always look forward to my lessons .

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Thanks for last Tuesday. Your teaching style must be totally unique you have the ability to put your point across so easily.
You make learning fun and the time flew by. The end product (my lovely bowl) surprised me with how professional it looked I don't think I could have managed this without your help and humour.
Many thanks George

John Whiting

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A very enjoyable and rewarding day . Firstly, thank you for welcoming me into your home. Secondly, thank you also for putting your faith in me to be able to work with the Mulberry wooden blank and for passing on your years of knowledge and experience. It was an extremely rewarding day and you will be pleased to know that my bowl has taken pride of place at home.
Could you also pass on my thanks to Susan for keeping me topped up with tea and for providing a delicious lunch.

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George and his wife Susan looked after us very well and made us feel at home. George is an excellent teacher and it was interesting to learn about the equipment, tools and how and why we work with wood the way we do. George also struck the perfect balance between enabling us to practice our new found skills making our bowls with stepping in to add finer detailing and finishing touches or tweaks so we as complete novices could go home with 2 lovely bowls. Wholeheartedly recommended!

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Thanks for a great day George, could do with another few days to really get the hang of it but was amazed that in one day with no experience we both turned a slab of beech wood into two very impressive bowls.
Really enjoyable day. Julie

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As a novice, two days of one to one tuition with George has given me more confidence and insight into the world of woodturning. George’s no nonsense, hands-on approach interspersed with invaluable tips and tricks of the trade will undoubtedly result in a more professional looking end product…… without the inevitable frustrating and ruinous ’catches’ along the way. David S

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Georges tuition style is very focussed and taylored as he developes the best way to teach each section of the day. He is very thoughtful in his delivery and also encouraging at the same time. His knowledge is amazing and quickly realised what areas needed attention, A great day ( supported wonderfully by Sue with the catering and tea stops) . I would have no hesitation in recommending and will visit again once I have digested all I have been shown and learnt by a very clever wood turner,

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Thank you George for an interesting day re-learning tooling techniques and learning some new ones too. Nice lunch and plenty of coffee makes for a good day! Never planned on making anything just happy to turn a lump of wood into a pile of shavings to practice creating a finish straight from the tool. Didn't quite get there on my own but almost so not too much sanding to do.
Thanks again George for a nice end to the week!

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My fiance and I attended the course to celebrate my 50th birthday - we are both novices; George was simply amazing - not only is he an excellent teacher he also gave us so much valuable information regarding what to look for in tools and equipment..........we both enjoyed ourselves so much, I can't recommend the course highly enough. We will definately be back for stage two as soon as we can manage it!!

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A brilliant day, I went in barely knowing a thing about woodturning and came away knowing lots along with a beautiful coloured bowl that everyone who has seen it has complemented. I started off nervous but progressed to being much more confident with using the tools, his patient manner is great as it makes you feel at ease and he doesn’t grumble if you forget something or need assistance. What really made the finished article stand out was the colouring which everyone has said how incredible it is. Also thank you very much to his wife Susan for the cups of tea and a delicious lunch. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone thinking of having a go.

Many thanks for the enjoyable day


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A wonderful first experience of woodturning, something I have always wanted to try. The day exceeded my expectations and really brought home the importance of learning with a professional - so much information and so much to learn. I am delighted with the bowl, which has been admired by quite a few already. I hope to practice what you have taught me in the next few weeks and I am fairly sure I will be back to learn more very soon. Thanks to Susan for making me feel so welcome, and for lunch and the numerous beverages.

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- - #8445

Thank you George for a very enjoyable day's wood turning tuition. The relaxed but very thorough way of teaching made learning easy, despite one of us being a complete novice, and we went home with two beautiful bowls and eager to continue the craft. You and Sue made us welcome throughout the day and lunch was delicious.

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Great tuition last Saturday, I arrived a complete novice, but left with a bowl beyond my expectations. It was an interesting day and I learned a great deal, we may have even glimpsed George's inner tree hugger!
Many thanks to both George and Sue.

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I had a great time and made very warm welcome with tea and biscuits!
George really knows is stuff and can get the best out of you whether you are a novice (like me) or a established wood turner,he explains every thing in a user friendly way so you can grasp the correct way to turn wood.
Susan provided a superb lunch and again backed up with tea and biscuits.
I will return later this year to get some more training and re enforce what he taught me.
Thanks George it was a blast see you soon !

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I had a brilliant time with George today, this was my first proper experience with woodturning and really enjoyed going through the process of making my first bowl. George was an excellent teacher, he was patient and explained the reasoning behind the techniques used to shape the wood. I hope to visit again when I am able to set myself up with my own lathe!

- - #7962

Awesome day. Didn't think I'd be able to complete a lovely piece so quickly. Trying to persuade wife to do a course too as it was a great day and well worth doing.
Thanks Sue (Mrs George) for food and drink :)

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Had a very enjoyable day learning from a Professional..very interesting and certainly different from the sort of carpentry I've done before. Would recommend to anyone looking to learn a new skill. Very pleased with the bowl I produced, just in time for Fran's Birthday present ! Also thanks again to your Sue for all the coffees and lunch

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What can I say? Brilliant, informative, inspiring! I really enjoyed my day yesterday and I really appreciated George's patience, experience and diligent teaching. I have always loved the elements: water, rock and wood. George has shown me how to make wood ‘speak’ and how to turn it with ease to produce beautiful forms. The decorative effects were the icing on the cake. Simple yet effective and I can see the thought and attention to detail that really pays off. Many thanks to George again for the course and his wife Sue for keeping me fed and watered on such a cold day! I highly recommend it to anyone reading this. I will definitely be back!!

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Many thanks for your clear instruction and endless patience. I am also grateful for many suggestions for my future workshop plans. I am really pleased with my bowl which is hopefully just the start of a new hobby. Health and safety instruction and equipment provided was spot on, as was lunch and drinks ( thanks Susan ). A pleasure to meet you both. Cheers
Mike Brock.

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I would like to thank George (Sir ) for a wonderful day , I really enjoyed making my bowl that now sits in pride of place on our dining table.
George is a patient, informative and very safety conscientious tutor with more than a sense of fun thrown in for good measure.
I would happily recommend George to anyone thinking of giving wood turning a go .
Thanks also to Susan , George's wife who kept us supplied with coffee and biscuits and provided a light lunch.
Kind regards

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An instructive and enjoyable days woodturning. Really nice to be able to produce such an impressive bowl in the short time we had. A great, well equipped workshop - good lunch too! As well as the actual woodturning, the advice on equipment selection when setting out in woodturning was very eye opening. Thank you very much.

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As a complete (not so young) novice I was a bit apprehensive when my son told me he was treating me to the course. Even though I had always been interested in it as hobby I was a not sure how I would fare in practice but came away with both a good basic understanding of theory and some useful practical experience.
I am delighted with the bowl I produced which far exceeded my expectations of what I would achieve in a single day. At no point did I feel rushed or overwhelmed and appreciated George's down-to-earth approach to training.
I would recommend his course to anyone with an interest in woodturning as a way to ‘give it a go’ without paying out for loads of equipment.
Many thanks again for a very enjoyable day.
Martin Field

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Never having done any woodworking I was very apprehensive but George and his lovely Wife Sue made me feel very relaxed and after a coffee I was introduced to woodturning.
With Georg's guidance I woodturned a beautiful Ash Bowl something I never thought possible.
If I can talk Hubby into buying a lathe and equipment this will be the hobby for me.
Thank you George and Sue it was a wonderful day and you will be seeing me again in the future.

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Thank you for the day yesterday – it was really rewarding. You were both very welcoming and your knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious. It’s easy to see how you could get the bug and I’m eyeing up my shed jealously now. Everyone was very impressed by the bowl

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Just wanted to let you know that I had a great day on Tuesday. It was very informative and has given me lots of ideas on where to go with my equipment and methods of turning. Having started my wood turning path without any experience it was good to meet with a master turner. My wife loved the bowl and xmas tree decoration.
I would certainly recommend anyone who is just starting out or wishes to further their expertise to go for a day.

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Thank you again for a superb day last Friday. Absolutely blown away with your practical skills and the way you undertook to improve my turning skills. As I mentioned, your skill is in NOT teaching but helping your students to learn -a rare gift and you do it so well. I took lots of useful information away with me so now the rest is up to me. I do hope i can get the opportunity to have another day sometime; you're great fella with a great talent.

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What can one say? A first class day's instruction removing countless wrinkles in my admittedly pathetic bowl turning technique. George's expertise and robust sense of humour made for a thoroughly productive and enjoyable day. You can always measure the quality of this kind of experience by whether ones first impulse on arriving home is to go straight to the workshop or tackle a rather fine sirloin steak. I'm afraid to admit the steak won but only under the extreme duress applied by my better half. Thank you George, I will be back- you have been warned!

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My deepest thanks to George for his excellent tuition, and for his patience with me. Thanks also to Sue for keeping me fed and watered.
I had a great day, and will now look at my equipment needs to take my wood turning skills forward.
Terri loved the bowl I created - with more than a little help from George - which will be a permanent reminder of my 65th birthday celebration.

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Today has been an amazing day with great tuition from George and great hospitality. George and Susan are very welcoming and warming. The tuition provided has been relaxed and very informative with a good direction in woodturning basics in view to making a very splendid bowl that looks professionally made. To be able to go from novice, to being able to turn a bowl within a day shows the quality and professionalism of George's teaching. I look forward to booking further lessons so that I can progress my skills in bowl turning and other future project ideas.

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Thank you for a really great wood turning experience day. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the day or how pleased I am with with my bowl, but I will try.
I arrived feeling quite anxious about being able to produce anything at all, as I had no experience and had never been anywhere near a lathe.
Your explanations, demonstrations, patience and guidance gave me confidence.
Along with the excellent tuition it was a really enjoyable and fun experience, we had a great time with you and Sue, you both made us feel very welcome and comfortable.
We were well looked after, Sue made us a lovely lunch which was much appreciated and we were kept going throughout the day with regular cups of perfect tea.
On top of all of that I am now the very proud owner of a bowl that is of a much better quality and more beautiful than I ever thought I was capable of making. I will treasure it.
Thank you very much George and Sue

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Just arrived home after a really good day wood turning with George and his lovely wife Susan. The amount of information that George gave us was spot on. It started with an outline of the health and safety to be complied with whilst in the workshop. There was an explanation of the make up of the wood we were going to use and the way it reacts on the lathe. It wasn't all instruction , it was also a really good laugh as George is a natural entertainer . But as a result we came away with two really nice fruit bowls. Susan was lovely and looked after the refreshments for the day. Very important as you really do have to concentrate on what your doing. All n all a brilliant day, and I would really recommend it. Thanks to Susan and George.

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Thanks once again for the great wood turning day that myself, Stephen and David had. It was most enjoyable and everyone has been very impressed with the bowls that we made. Our appetites have been wetted and I am sure that we will take it up as a hobby once we can finance the necessary equipment.

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What can I say, a really enjoyable day and a pleasure to be taught by a very knowledgable tutor. The course gives a great insight into basic wood turning and at the end of the day you end up with a work of art. Thank you once again for a fantastic day (Bev loves the bowl)

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A most enjoyable day's woodturning tuition. Having not used a lathe since leaving school over 50 years ago I wasn't sure how I would manage but was put at ease very quickly and during the day I learned a lot and ended with a lovely bowl to take home.

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I would like to thank you for the wood turning tuition today. It was the first time in 44 years that I have stood in front of a lathe and I had a thoroughly marvellous time. Your guidance and help were brilliant and the bowl that resulted exceeded my expectations, Liz finds it hard to believe that I had any hand in its manufacture!

I'm really looking forward to practicing what you taught me today and I'm sure that we will be meeting again once I have perfected these basic skills for you to teach me some of the more sophisticated techniques that you showed me on your own work.

Once again, thank you for an educational and extremely enjoyable day and thank you to Sue for the lovely lunch.


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A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day's tuition, please also pass on my thanks to your wife for lunch and refreshments; plus to top off an excellent day out I've come away with a very nice bowl.

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A proper workshop with a lot of character. George was full focussed on me and quickly understood my capabilities and perhaps potential. I felt that the day was well paced in line with my level of concentration i came away determined to take things further and will most certainly return to George for further tuition. I was a little apprehensive to begin with but was immediately put at ease with a coffee and chat .More than anything it was fun and I came home buzzing with determination and excitement.

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A very patient man working with a novice kept me safe all the time. Made very welcome by George and his wife Sue. Excellent tuition so much so that I want to go for further lessons.

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Thanks very much for the woodturning experience last Friday. It was a very pleasant and relaxed day. I was pleasantly surprised by the bowl I managed to make, and Liz was very pleased with it too!

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Just a note to say many thanks for the wood-turning tuition today. I had
a very enjoyable time - and Catherine was pleased with the end result
too. Thanks for taking the time to add the coloured finish.
You are a great teacher, having high standards but being patient when I
kept on holding the gouge at the wrong angle!
Please thank Susan for the drinks, biscuits & a very nice lunch.
I might take you up sometime on your offer of some advice on what to
buy. A workshop is high on the list of requirements for a new house.

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A day that was a good balance between training and light-hearted banter. Well worthwhile if you want to learn a new skill and achieve a finished item by the time you leave.

Garry Rolfe

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I've been doing a good bit since my course with George and am really enjoying the improvements of technique he suggested. I've done several bowls since we met and they're much better than anything I've produced before, and the work is a great deal easier and more enjoyable.

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Thank you for a great day and also for being so flexible at breakfast !! I very much enjoyed it and was amazed with the result, so much so I’ve been showing off at work this morning !!
I thought the course content was spot on and thanks to Susan for a lovely lunch and copious refills of tea !
Will plan to come along and see you during the ‘Somerset Arts Week’ !

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Apologies for being slow to write to you after our excellent day on Saturday.
5It was both an enjoyable and an instructive day - I learned a lot. You looked after us well in every sense - proper attention to safety, consideration for our comfort and excellent food and watering! If I say that I walked back into the kitchen late on Sunday and did a double take on catching sight of my bowl, you will understand I am still surprised by what I produced under your expert guidance! I would recommend the day to anyone who wanted to try wood turning - they will not be disappointed.

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I just wanted to say thanks again for a wonderful day. It was a real treat. Given that I have never turned before, I was amazed at the bowl I produced under George's attentive supervision.I would recommend a course with him without hesitation.

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Hello George
I just wanted to thank you for a great day yesterday, I really enjoyed it!
Starting the day as a complete novice and ending it with a turned beech bowl ,something to be proud of and a great feeling of achievement.
You teach very well, at the right pace to absorb what your learning to do for the first time.
Thanks Susan for the hospitality , altogether an experience to be recommended !
Kind Regards
Chris Harrison

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Thank you so much for such a fascinating day yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed myself on your wood turning course. It brought back many great memories from when I briefly did turning at school.
The love and passion you have for the craft and the material itself was clear and your patient approach was inspirational. I am seriously considering taking it up as a hobby. If anyone needs to be inspired to take up a craft or skill, they need not look any further than you.
Thank you once again. I will be in touch soon.
With all best wishes.

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We arrived on a blustery day at George and Susans home and were welcomed with a lovely cup of tea and relaxed and informative chat about what would be involved during the one-day woodturning course.
It was an amazing day and we came away with a fantastic bowl each a terrific feel good factor!
George explained everything very patiently and thoroughly and guided us through the process making it fun and creative.
Thank you to Susan for a lovely lunch and for giving up your day for us.
We really appreciated George's expertise and enjoyed looking at his collection of work too.
THANK YOU George, Susan and Tufty!
Best wishes,
Fiona and Mike Smith

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Thank you for a marvellous relaxing, interesting and productive day. I gaze at a beautiful beech bowl with pride and astonishment of what I (with a fair bit of your help) created. The day was a wonderful change from anything I had done before and only increased my fascination with wood and what it can become.
Thanks also for the coffees at regular intervals which kept me going and the lovely lunch.
I'm not going to rush out and kit myself out with a workshop yet but it's certainly planted a seed.
Best wishes

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I had two days tuition with George
Foweraker, wanting to improve my techniques after about 10
years of largely self-taught turning. The course didn't
start too well for me as a left hander, who had always
turned left handed. George told me that I had to change to
using all tools right handed. I nearly walked out! However,
I decided to give it a try and the results, after a slow
start, more than justified the change. The speed and ease of
turning and the finish on the bowls I made under
George's careful guidance were a huge improvement on
what I had been able to do previously. I've now had a
chance to try his approaches out in my own workshop and have
confirmed their value. What with George's advice and the
wonderful soup made by his wife, Susan it was a great and
very worthwhile two days.

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Thank you George and Sue for your very kind welcome and hospitality for my one day turning course. The whole day was extremely interesting and informative and George, you teach with a high degree of knowledge and humour and I came away at the end of the day with an even keener interest in woodturning than I had before. I had no idea the there was such scope to what could be done on a lathe.
To all those reading this testimonial, I would urge you to spend a day with George. You will not regret it.

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Turned up with great trepidation, put fully at ease and was led gently into a great day.
As an MS sufferer, my hands shake quite considerably, and at one time I felt that I would not be able to continue the days course, but, George, very adaptable showed me various methods to overcome this difficulty, at the end of the day, a brilliant result with my bowel that I had made to prove it.
It was not just a woodturning course, it was also a day of "understanding wood"
Georges lovely wife, was a great hostess, tea/coffee and a nice lunch.
thank you for a wonderful experience
Doug Human

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Just wanted to drop you a note to say a " Big Thank You " for a very enjoyable day.
It was my first attempt at wood turning and I really enjoyed the whole experience. You were very informative, patient and an excellent host, which made for a memorable day. I also came away with a very nice ash bowl which I was proud to show off to my family.
Thanks for a great day George, hopefully I will be back for more in the New Year.
Keep up the amazing work you do.

With kind regards,
Peter Thomas.
PS : thanks also to Sue, for all the sarnies, biscuits and cups of tea !!!!

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Many thanks for an educational and interesting day in your
workshop. As a complete novice I cannot emphasize enough the importance
to any beginners of going to a professional turner such as yourself to
get tuition before starting out. I am looking forward to practicing at
home the techniques that you demonstrated so clearly and with such
great patience. Being quickly " hands on " was a great help as well as
a confidence boost.
Once again many thanks,
P.S. My
beautiful bowl has been much admired.

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What a great two days I had with you and Mark Sanger completing the box turning course. I was slightly nervous about it at first due to my inexperience but you and my fellow (more experienced) pupils soon helped me to dispel that. Everyone was great company and put me totally at ease. The whole experience was informative and uplifting and after coming away with a few boxes made me want to continue with woodturning as a hobby. I still haven’t bought a lathe but I know this will come in time maybe after completing a few more days tuition with you in order to feel fully confident before I get really stuck in at home.
Again, many thanks to you, Mark and the other guys (who I hope to see again) for a great couple of days. Please also pass my thanks to Sue for her catering and again just for being great company.
I hope to see you soon!
Paul Bartlett

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Many thanks for your help and encouragement over the last couple of days,
I really enjoyed the course.
All the best,


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Thank you George and Mark for 2days of tuition on box turning, so much time and patience in showing what and how to use the tools in a proper and safe way. I learnt a lot, and the notes will help me at home.
Thanks to Sue for all the refreshment .
Look forward to the next course. Many thanks
John Hamilton-Donovan

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Hi George,

Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed my class with you yesterday. I came expecting to learn a little about woodturning, which I did, but I hadn't expected such a professional teaching session. I really appreciated you patience, your care re Health & Safety, the good lunch (please thank Sue for me ), the cups of coffee and, above all, the beech bowl you helped me to make.

Thanks again,
Keith Hanson

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I have had training with George 3 times so far, I say so far as I intend to return.
Passing on information, educating, isn’t always easy but George seems to do it with great ease.
I’ve enjoyed my time with George he is helpful and attentive, he will stand back but move in when required, he’s happy for you to learn at your own pace.
I would recommend George, and I have done.
I’ve learnt loads.

Paul D, Wiltshire.

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Hi George,

Thank you once again for another great day of tuition, very informative and educational!

I’m glad that you can be so patient, I need it and obviously the Dementia kicks in now and again when I repeat a simple error, but your advice is calmly repeated with no frustration on your part and I usually learn the lesson…

The facilities are more than adequate for a single student, it must be handy for you to demonstrate on one lathe while I make feeble attempts on the other, but I feel that I am coming on and that;s all down to you.

Not one, but two lidded boxes completed, not just a first for me but a first and second!!

As usual, we were well looked after by Sue keeping us awash in tea/coffee not to mention a lovely piece of ham for lunch - I couldn’t wish for more!

Thanks again, and just as we anticipated, my daughter does prefer the photo of the darker box - great minds think alike!
Keep up the good work,

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Thank you George for a very informative, relaxed and hands on day. I had been turning bowls for quite some time, on and off, but I now know how to do it correctly and when I compare my previous efforts to the bowls I produced on the day then mine look ready for the bin! I will keep them though to see the improvement. Given a chance I will recommend your turning course to anyone. Thanks also to Sue for a nice lunch.

- - #2924

I want to thank George and Sue for an inspiring day in Burnham-on-Sea. George is a great teacher; he's so patient and full of encouragement and I really felt a great sense of achievement at the end of the day. I could soon see that many of the 'You Tube videos' I had been watching were leading me in completely the wrong direction and I'm glad to say that George was able to put me right. Thank you to Sue who kept us well fed, and supplied with as many cups of tea as we could manage. My wife was delighted with the bowl I made and is making a list of other items she would like!

- - #2728

COMMENT: Thank you George for 2 very worthwhile days introduction to wood turning. Finding myself with an abundance of tools and; equipment which I did not know how to use, you have opened the door for me to a fascinating hobby which I am looking forward to developing.Thank you for your detailed instruction and; guidance, the use of your equipment and; materials and;, not least, Sue's hospitality! Thank you again. Adrian.

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Thanks for the tuition yesterday George! We love the bowls and are feeling confident and ready to give it another go soon!

- - #2577

Hi George,

Thanks so much for a fantastic day! It was a real joy to join you in your workshop for my first wood turning experience. I'm always looking to learn new skills and I couldent think of a better way to get started on the lathe. I was amazed my the results I achieved under your instruction and am looking forward to continuing to practice. I'm sure I'll be back for another session in the near future to learn some more of the secrets to good wood turning practice!

Thanks again,


- - #2416

Hi George,

Thanks for a good day today and excellent hospitality. Apart from coming away with a decent turned bowl I have learnt some useful skills, I will certainly return for more.



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Hi George

Many thanks for a great day. Great down to earth tuition.
I will be back for more days

- - #2394

Hi George,
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the tuition session that I had with you yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and was over the moon with the bowl that I made with your help!
Both yourself and your lovely wife made me feel so welcome and it felt like I had known you both for years!!
I will certainly be back for more courses and I will be highly recommending you to every one I speak to!!
Thanks again for a lovely day and for helping to feed my turning bug!!

- - #2271

: Thank you George for a very interesting day on the wood turning course. I learnt a lot, and realise that there is a great deal more to learn. You are a very good tutor and conversationalist Thanks also to you wife Susan for her hospitality.
Annie loves the bowl.
Regards Bernie

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A brilliant day well spent. I learned something new that's inspired me for the future, I started and finished something all in one day (something I find hard at the best of times) and I made something that was as perfect on the back as at the front! George is extremely knowledgeable, patient and passionate and with tea throughout the day and lunch thanks to Susan I can wholly recommend.

- - #2113

I thought the two days were absolutely AMAZING! When we started out first, I
could see you trying to figure out this foreigner standing there, but as we
went along, I think it got better and better.
And I was positively surprised that towards the end of the second day you
(presumably deliberately) turned your back on me to turn a quick piece of your
own. I took it as a sign of approval of what I was doing.

George is a fantastic teacher. He has his way of teaching, but boy, is he good
at it. There is a clear focus on the tooling and technique that will achieve
results, and in the two days my technique and understanding increased by an
order of magnitude. This was worth every single penny, and then some. And I
walked away with three truly stunning pieces that both of us can be proud of.
If anybody wants to start out with woodturning, or try some experimental
things with texturing and colour, I'd recommend George all day long.


- - #1875

A very interesting day spent with George turning this bowl, I enjoyed the learning process from start through to sanding / finishing. A very high standard of tuition and advice. I would highly recommend a course here to anyone. Many thanks George and Sue for a warm welcome.
Regards Rob

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Thank you George for the very warm welcome from you and Sue. The day was full of helpful hints, tips and guidance on what to do and not to do. It was great to come away with a lovely bowl (which my wife has put on display for all to see).

Many thanks to Sue for the lovely refreshments.

I will be back for more tuition once I've had some practice.

John Donovan

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I booked this for my son and decided to join in too.
Despite a dodgy taste in music George was thorough and explained the process in great detail and terms my son could comprehend. We came away with 2 top class bowls, a large dose of confidence for my son and the knowledge to continue the evolvement of the craft.
As a man that calls a spade a shovel George is quick to identify incorrect technique, and will put you on the correct path quickly. Don't expect any airs & graces but good old fashioned teaching that gets results.

- - #1750

Thank you George for a wonderful day. I can't believe I came away with such a beautiful bowl. My husband was soooo impressed. George you were clear and patient and we had fun producing this masterpiece. Thank you too Susan for a delicious lunch and endless cups of tea. I hope to come again to learn more.

- - #1527

Hi George

Thank you so much for a really super day, and an amazing end product - my husband cannot believe that I actually made the bowl myself. I have never known a day to go so quickly. Please also thank your wife for the lovely lunch. I am sure my son would like to come so will contact you when I know that he will be available as he lives in London.

Thank you once again for a really lovely day.


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Hi George

Just wanted to say thanks for a great days tuition (Sat 05 July), I have learnt so much!

Having never turned a thing in my life I was amazed that I was able to take a finished piece home - a lovely walnut bowl, now pride of place on the coffee table!

So glad I booked up for the day, looking forward to putting it into practise now.

Say thank you to your wife - lunch, coffee and cake all much appreciated!

Thanks again George, hopefully be back soon to show you how I am getting on!

Neil Harris

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Hi George,
Thanks so much for a truly inspirational and rewarding day. I was amazed at what we achieved, even as complete beginners, and we have now been bitten by the woodturning bug! Thank you both for making us so welcome, and giving us such good teaching with such a successful outcome.
We will let you know when we are about to start dealing with our massive fallen turkey oak – poor thing has sprouted, because some of its roots are still in the earth!
Thank again so much
best wishes

- - #1399

I arrived at your tuition workshop, as a complete novice, for a two day woodturning course. You made me feel very relaxed with a cup of tea and preliminary chat. The Health and Safety introduction was exemplary.
It was obvious after a very short while that your knowledge of woodturning and the characteristics of wood and the way it reacts was complete. You were very patient with me and explained all the processes fully.
I left after the second day with great confidence although my skill needs to be honed with much more practice. I had made 3 bowls and have the confidence to try this with my own lathe.
Thank you very much for your help and will be back for the colouring course when I am more proficient with the lathe.


Roger Buss

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Just to say thank you for yesterday, I learnt a lot and now just have to remember and put it into practice - I hope my bad habits are not too far gone. Thank you too for putting me straight on the grinds on my tools, no wonder I couldn’t get on with the spindle gouge. Please thank Susan too for looking after us so well.

- - #1156

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed my day’s woodturning with George. Particularly rewarding was the opportunity to have a go at some decorative work (ebonizing and grain filling with gold) which felt quite artistic!
George is relaxed and patient and I found his overall teaching style to be very encouraging. I now feel inspired to take the plunge, buy the kit and set up a lathe at home. Many thanks to you George!
Andrew Robinson, Bucks.

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Earlier this year I had three days one-to-one instruction with George at his workshop in Burnham on Sea. I am very much a beginner and make slow progress but George has been very patient and has definitely helped to boost my confidence. Last week I turned my first complete bowl at home, alone, without any heart-stopping moments. It may not sound very exciting but for me it is a tremendous achievement!

- - #392

Have been tutored twice by George (once on colouring and texturing and once on hollow forms), and my turning has definately improved as a result.

George is patient, understanding, very knowledgable and excellent at imparting his knowledge. I have no hesitation in recommending him,

- - #379

Have attended a number of George's courses and I rate them as excellent. The workshop, range of tools, products plus, of course, George's support and professional approach are first rate.

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