About the Course
Mark Sanger runs this one day wood turning course from his well equipped workshop in Gillingham, Dorset a short distance from the A303 London to Exeter road and five minutes from the London to Exeter railway line.
Each course is designed to meet your needs enabling you to obtain the required skills to take away and progress within the craft. So if you want to start with turning a bowl as an introduction to the craft, or you may have been turning for a while and would like to tackle something else such as boxes, hollow forms or natural edge thin wall vessels then the course can be tailored just for you.
Emphasis through-out centers on the correct safe use of tools, equipment and techniques as well as wood selection form.
Mark demonstrates and teaches the craft of woodturning through out the UK and abroad attending wood art collaborations and shows in Australia, America, Spain, and Ireland. Mark has written many published articles on woodturning as well as having his first book 'Turning Hollow Forms' published in 2014 by GMC Publications.
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?
Use of safety equipment, tools, materials, sundries, refreshments and lunch are included. Student notes are given covering the subjects during the course.
My wife bought me a voucher for my 70th Birthday last year. I had intended to do a pottery course but there were not any which fitted in with my plans. So as a last minute decision I thought I would try wood turning. Although I watch a lot of craft programs not something I have experience of. I never got use the school lathe. I therefore approached this with some trepidation.
What a pleasant surprise. Mark made me feel really welcome and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him which flew by. I managed to make two pieces in the time available and I have been boring friends and relations with my experience and I am now seriously considering taking this further. The only thing holding me back is the likely cost of even setting up a basic workshop.
Anyone taking this up would be well advised to take a course or two and I would recommend doing this with Mark.
Keith Middle - - #14559
I have just spent a fabulous day with Mark who tailored the course to my needs as a novice wood turner. Mark is is very personable and nothing was too much trouble. His style is to demonstrate and then swiftly to give the student hands on, guiding where necessary. I have come away having learnt a great deal with no nonsense advice from choosing wood through to the art of professional finishing.
Many thanks for a fabulous day; off now to practice.
Vince Elliott - - #7368
Have just had an amazing day being taught wood turning by Mark. As a complete novice I have come home with a very pleasing and tactile bowl and also got to gain some experience spindle turning as an added bonus.
Mark was an excellent, knowledgable and friendly tutor, who explained and demonstrated technics very well, allowing a lot of hands-on work for myself.
He has also given me a great deal of advice on what equipment and tools I would need to start up - hopefully soon when I have sorted out somewhere to actually do it!
Many thanks Mark for a great day.
Rob Barnish - - #5504
I have recently attended a texturing and design day with Mark because for years I have admired his work, not just with his fantastic turning, but also with his techniques for embellishing his 'works of art' with different textures, colours and materials - his finished items are always impressive. Like me, his inspiration seems to come from nature with the occasional oriental slant!
Mark is an excellent tutor, always explaining in the simplest of terms the correct processes to use and breaking them down into simple stages to follow to achieve the highest quality of finish. I learnt a lot in a day and feel that I can now take my turning to another level. I already have a good knowledge of turning, but would like to sometimes add 'a little something else' to the item, and it is always good to have someone else handy to 'bounce' some of my ideas off! Thanks Mark
Andrew Browne - - #5005
Mark is not only a superb woodturner, as can be seen from the work shown on his website, but he is also an intuitive teacher. I went to him as complete novice and left able to turn a reasonable bowl on my own. After a bit of practice I intend to return to Mark for a little more advanced stuff.
Thank you Mark.5
Chris Brickell - - #1804
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