Woodturning Courses In Hampshire - Beginners and improvers wood turning courses - Turn British, all British Lathes!!
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About the Course
Situated on the outskirts of the beautiful New Forest National Park, my workshop is situated in a wonderful quiet rural location. I cater for complete beginners to wood turning, and improver's wishing to fine tune their skills. I have four British made lathes available - two Graduates (one short and one long base) and two Hegner VB36 (one short and one long base).
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?
Full day - includes tuition, all tools including use of the lathes, safety equipment, smocks and all materials and finishes, a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Requests for specific tuition including hollow forms available to Intermediate turners for one to one tuition only, not available to beginners. All carried out in a safe, centrally heated, fully dust extraction equipped workshop with respirators and safety equipment supplied as standard. Wood turning smocks supplied for safety and to protect your clothing.
*Price Includes Single Person Booking £15 supplement (one to one tuition) single person booking 1 day £130.00* 2 days £260, three days £390 - these are NOT group sessions, they are one to one tuition! Weekend bookings taken when available as standard at no extra charge.
Booking for two people price £200 per day. Three, only by special arrangement for £300.00. Please contact me for availability dates, I normally have a few dates available for very short notice bookings!
A very enjoyable half day, one to one, course that introduced me to wood turning. Andy explained the basics and then let me get on with producing my first bowl. With his guidance and assistance I ended up with a nice looking bowl, a sense of achievement and a desire to go back for another session. Not sure where the time went but I have already asked my family for another gift voucher such that I can have another go. Thanks Andy.
David - - #15042
This was great. Andy knows his stuff and has loads of great equipment and tools to use in his workshop. He gave me lots of good advice and was very enthusiastic and encouraging. First time ever, I made a bowl which I am very pleased with. We had plenty to talk about and he offered me a super lunch, teas and coffee etc. I will definitely be returning.
Tim Eales - - #14775
We had a great time doing this course. Andy was a really good teacher, and can tailor the course to most levels of experience. He'll also make sure you leave with a bowl you'll be pleased with!
Alasdair - - #14319
This was great fun. Andy's really friendly and helpful and I left wanting to buy a lathe and get practising!
Ed W - - #13893
I've recently attended a very informative wood turning course with Andy at his place in the New Forest. During the session it became apparent that my wood turning tools were not suited for the production of bowls but would be
more suitable for turning of spindles, I'm now looking to purchase the more appropriate gouges from a source Andy advised me of.
Many many thanks Andy for all your advice and I will persevere with the techniques you've shown to me.
I would also like to thank you & your wife for the refreshments that were supplied during the day, wishing all the best for the future.
Graham Guppy - - #13787
An excellent day's tuition - well suited to a pair of absolute beginners! Held in Andy's brilliant workshop, plenty of opportunity to develop basic skills and safety awareness, at a relaxed pace. Tea, coffee and a very tasty home-made lunch (thanks, Martine!!) added to the wonderful day. Many, many thanks.
Lin & Andy Burton - - #13696
Had a great day with Andy turning an oak bowl. He is patient and informative and takes you through every step with helpful advice and the occasional guiding hand.
I hope to return after another birthday rolls around.
Mark Lamberth - - #13591
I was bought this course as a Christmas present.
I found the tutor Andy Browne very proficient and patient (which he needed to be )
I enjoyed the whole day and hope to carry on wood turning
david lackie - - #13105
I hadn't picked up a woodturning chisel in over 10 Years, however Andy made me feel right at home with one in no time at all. The two day course was excelent in every way from the well equipped workshop to the excelent lunch we had each day. Andy is very knowlegable and is very good at imparting that knowledge to you without you feeling like a numpty.
I most definitely feel inspired to blow the cobwebs off my lathe and to put my new skills to the test.
John Kilroy - - #12894
A well equipped workshop and an inspiring teacher come together to introduce the concept of wood turning. A first class introduction to answer the question 'Is this for me?' with a hands on and safe experience that gives a real feel of the art of turning so you can get started .
This first experience ends with taking home a bowl that you make yourself. When I go for my next lesson, I want to wreck pieces of wood to focus on technique of applying blade to surface.
Philip Milln - - #12875
A thoroughly enjoyable day.
Andy clearly explains how to do the turning and then under his expert guidance you get plenty of time on the lathe. I would really recommend this as a day for anyone wanting to get to grips with turning.
I made a bowl which was really nice and great to come away with a memento of the day. Martine gives you a lovely lunch.
Highly recommended - go for it.
Richard Ellis - - #12660
What a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Andy is a very knowledgeable teacher and puts things across in a very easy way to understand and put into practice. First time wood turning in over 20 years and made a quite a few mistakes, but Andy was right there to advise how to fix it. If it was not something I was able to fix he was able to work his magic and have it fixed in no time. With all the hints and tips I got through out the day I know I am well on my way to becoming a wood turner.
Andy and his wife were so welcoming and lovely to spend time with. Nothing was to much trouble through out the whole day. If you have the option of what to have for lunch I would highly recommend the lasagne (top notch lunch) :)
I will definitely be getting some more lessons and can highly recommend going to Andy for lessons.
Gareth Thomas - - #12610
I’m recently bought my first lathe as a beginner but realised I needed more guidance despite having attended another course. Andy tailored the two days to my needs. He taught me how to sharpen my tools properly and how to mount work safely. He also encouraged me to try different cutting techniques and not to be afraid of the skew chisel! He is a real expert and patiently helps develop confidence. I’d happily recommend Andy, and I’m likely to go for a refresher in the future. Martine also provides great food!
Ralph - - #12594
Good time at the lathes, Andy is a patient teacher and pleasant company. Martine made a nice cottage pie for lunch to boot.
I recommend asking to see Andys little "showroom" - the room is filled with outstanding pieces.
Stefan - - #12344
My wife gave me this course with Andy as a birthday present after I had taken up woodturning again after an absence of some 15 years and I can't thank her and Andy enough. I hadn't realised so much had changed over the years and I learnt so much and came away with so many ideas and inspiration.
Just wish Andy hadn't told me I was turning using the old fashioned method as this made me feel old :).
Great teacher really patient and knowledgeable. Great course which I recommend, you'll learn so much.
Stephen Laycock - - #12334
Had a wonderful day with a very supportive and patient tutor in Andy. He helped me gain confidence with the tools and the lathe through his relaxed approach. Thank you
Dom Haydn-Davies - - #12333
I recently attended a wood turning beginners day with Andy at his fantastically equipped workshop in Fordingbridge. As someone who has dabbled (not very successfully!) in wood turning in the past, this was the ideal course for me. Andy has an adaptability in his teaching approach and superb knowledge and skill. With Andy's help I was able to take away a very lovely bowl in cedar, and Andy has given me the confidence to progress in my own turning once again.
Many thanks to Andy for a superb day!
Rob Kennard - - #12297
I am a very experienced D.T. teacher but had done very little wood turning prior to the one day course I have just attended. Andy's workshop is very well equipped with the very best of lathes and other equipment . It is was impressively clean and tidy on my arrival but less so on my departure. Andy has thought through the content of his course with great care. I came away with a lot of basic knowledge that has well prepared me for the future. I expected to leave the course with some turned exercise pieces of fair quality , however Andy instilled in me the importance of producing work of the highest quality. The bowl that I produced was , thanks to Andy's teaching both well turned and finished using simple but highly effective techniques.
An excellent course in all aspects.
Barry McGovern - - #12252
As a gift for my dad we had a great morning learning the basics of wood turning. Very enjoyable experience learning something totally new!
Amber - - #12175
This was bought as a last minute activity day by my boyfriend. We had a great time with Andy teaching us how to turn a bowl, would definitely recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in this craft and don't worry you don't need any wood turning or similar skills. Thankfully Andy will come and rescue you if you start shaving off large parts of your bowl and it starts to resemble more of a plate!
Lauren - - #12135
I’ve just spent a most enjoyable 3 days learning how to turn wood. Andy is hugely experienced and is an expert teacher who sets a perfect balance of demonstration and supervision. I can’t believe how fast the hours swept by and how completely immersed I was in this magical craft. The other thing that left me awestruck was the workshop and the tools. Andy’s lathes are simply the best! And he has every tool you ever need – all of which are first class and exceptionally well maintained. I wholeheartedly recommend Andy to all potential and practising wood turners. I will be returning to learn how to make a turned box.
Simon - - #11950
Thanks for a really excellent day and for the bowl to remember it by.
Hopefully it can kick start me into dusting off my own lathe. 😃
alan lorrain - - #11846
We thoroughly enjoyed our introduction to woodturning (and our delicious homemade lunch). Andy makes sure that by the end of the day you have a bowl that looks beautiful and extremely professional. Thanks Andy!
Lyn & Barrie - - #11841
After booking the full day course for myself and my husband, we had a brilliant day in Andy's workshop and came away with two amazing bowls that are now proudly on display in our living room. Being a complete novice, I was a little apprehensive at working on the machines, but Andy was incredibly patient and took us through the entire process, explaining every step along the way. We would thoroughly recommend this course and would happily book again. Top marks to Mrs Browne too for a lovely lunch.
Charlotte Cozier - - #11413
I spent the day from 10-4.30 learning a huge amount of information about woodturning . I am probably intermediate in level but l learnt a great deal to up my game both in the practicality of deep bowl turning and hollow shape turning. I rang Andy the previous evening and he had prepared 2 pieces for me to work on as well as giving a continuous cascade of knowledge and tips and tool advice ( especially in the sharpening of tools) The day exceeded my expectations and well worth £125 including the 2 pieces to take home. And a fine lunch by Ms Brown. I would thoroughly recommend this learning opportunity.
Jim Crokatt - - #10973
Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 my wife and I drove from Herefordshire to Hampshire to attend a days woodturning course with Andy and what a fantastic day it was.
As complete beginners and (I mean complete beginners) we were soon put at ease in a relaxed well equipt environment. Andy has a very friendly and down to earth approach to teaching, we not only enjoyed the course but enjoyed his company.
Teas and coffees flowed all day, and we had a lovely lunch in Andy's garden followed by homemade walnut cake courtesy of his wife Martine.
The woodturning course itself was fun, informative and If I'm honest was a little more difficult than we both first thought - but with Andy's help and patience at the end of the day we both came away with what I would call "works of art" or 2 well made wooden bowls which we are both incredibly proud of.
We would thoroughly recommend Andy's course to anyone who wishes to learn the art of woodturning and we can't thank Andy enough for such a great experience, we did not only come away with our 2 lovely bowls but also felt we came away with 2 new friends
Les & Tonia Sysum - - #10742
Andy is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and patient and I had a fabulous two days learning the basics of wood turning. I would highly recommend this, it is a great course.
Meg - - #10699
I would love to return for another afternoon.
Andy was great with my nephew (age 9)
I would recommend to anyone who would like to try wood turning and find a great new hobby.
Julie riley - - #10616
As complete beginners, we were keen but a little apprehensive. However, with Andy's patient and expert guidance we had a fantastic time. We came away with two lovely bowls which now have pride of place at home. We would thoroughly recommend Andy as a very knowledgeable and encouraging teacher. It was also lovely to meet Andy's wife, Martine, who was very welcoming and kind. All in all, a wonderful day.
Robert and Deborah Brittain - - #10470
An excellent day with an excellent tutor who managed to turn (no pun intended!) my mistake into a piece of beauty by the time I had finished. Lunch was very nice as well!!
Jim Ayres - - #10405
I did a small amount of wood turning about 10 years ago and recently decided to dig out the old lathe and have another go. This did not go too well and so I decided that I needed to get some help.
I came across Andy’s Web site and read the reviews which were all excellent. My children gave me a day course as a Birthday gift. On the day of my course I arrived at Andy’s workshop and straight away was made to feel at home. I had brought my own gouges so Andy could check my sharpening technique. I soon realised that I had no sharpening technique ! Andy reshaped and sharpened my gouges and we made a start on a bowl. I found Andy very patient and he explained things clearly. When I got it wrong he just showed me again. I learnt a great amount during the day and went home with the confidence to practice what I had been shown. Now my gouges are sharp things are starting to go a bit better on my old lathe.
I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning wood turning.
I don’t normally pay much attention to reviews but I totally agree with all the good comments made by previous students. I would definitely like to attend one of Andy’s other courses once I have had some more turning time. Roll on next birthday.
Tim Burden - - #10398
Enjoyed the day woodturning with Andy. Good course and would go again.
Terry - - #10357
My Dad and I had a great day woodturning with Andy. As a complete novice, I appreciated Andy explaining to us the tools and techniques involved and by the end of the day we had each produced a respectable looking bowl; with a little help from Andy along the way! Andy was very knowledgeable and helped coach us through the process. The workshop is very well equipped and in a great location in the New Forest. The lunch and tea breaks were also welcome! I would recommend the course to anyone looking for an introduction to woodturning and would be keen to go back and learn some more myself! Thanks for a great day Andy.
Steven - - #10354
I had always wanted to try wood turning so i booked two days with andy, had a great time, andy is great teacher really learnt a lot and would definitely recommend andy to anyone who wants to learn about wood turning .
I will definitely be rebooking for another lesson
Aaron - - #10339
I went in as a complete novice and learnt so much in one day. Andy is very patient and I highly recommend him
martin - - #9998
I have spent a very enjoyable day in Andy's workshop with my sister in law. We both made bowls. Andy was helpful and informative. Woodturning was not new to me but I have come away with a renewed enthusiasm, some new skills and a whole host of ideas. My husband has his head in his hands at the endless ideas. I will be booking agin for sure.
Thanks again for the teas too.
Hilary Handley - - #9970
Andy's workshop is well equipped and is in a very peaceful rural location. I very much recommend this course.
Geoffrey Phillips - - #9641
Excellent teaching, appears very patient with the beginners like myself. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Would highly recommend.
Tony Perkins - - #9526
We really enjoyed our day with Andy, he explains things really well and was very patient. The setting is lovely and the food provided was great.
L Skelton - - #9525
Thoroughly enjoyed the day with Andy, learnt a lot and picked up some very useful tips would thoroughly recommend this course with his knowledge of woodturning is second to none a very good teacher.
Steve Robbins - - #9482
I had an amazing day learning new skills with Andy. Very professional and very patient!
J Reed - - #9406
Whether you are a beginner or experienced Andy will help you to the next level, beautiful location, excellent workshop and tools (with all the correct safety provisions) an excellent and relaxed teacher, the course was time and money well spent - and you get excellent food to.
I would recommend Andy to anyone who wants to learn more.5
Richard Watts - - #9402
I've just spent a very enjoyable day with Andy, his knowledge and way of teaching is excellent.
I would recommend it to anyone.
Mark Blackburn - - #9171
Andy is an experienced thoughtful and interesting teacher. I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to all......as a starter in this field or just for an interesting few hours.
David Weight - - #9086
Well done Andy. Excellent course
Gina Weight - - #9085
This course was fantastic. Andy is very patient and a great teacher. It was relaxed and fun but very informative. I have come away with some great new skills. I will definitely do another course in the future!
E Sexton - - #9067
Andy is an excellent teacher and is so happy to share any of his knowledge and best practice ideas.
I spent some very valuable hours with him, expecting to get taught the basics but ended up coming with all sorts of extra ideas for my workshop and ways of using the tools.
I would recommend Andy to anyone, newcomer like me or improving woodturner looking for great ideas from an innovative professional.
Thanks Andy, I will start planning for my next visit!
Derek Paxman - - #8588
2 excellent days spent in Andy's superb workshop in a delightful setting by the New Forest. He has a wealth of knowledge on tools, technique and timber which he dispenses in a relaxed but informative style. I came away with greater skills and confidence and a notebook full of useful tips. I only wish I'd done it sooner!
Leo James - - #8416
Wanted to learn how to wood turn,Andy made this possible in his excellent work shop with great guidance . Overall I had a fantastic day and came away having learnt the basics and rewarded with a lovely bowl. Great day , thanks Andy.
Howard - - #8180
I gave my Partner a day with Andy learning wood turning, and did the course with him. It was a super day. Andy was warm and welcoming. His workshop was professional, and safe. His equipment was very high spec and well cared for. Andy was very reassuring , and encouraging, and my Partner was delighted to be able to get on with his bowl and experiment under Andy's watchful eye, or ear.
I would highly recommend this course. I learnt so much about holding the tools correctly and the different effect of different cuts. And we both took home beautiful bowls we had made.
Melanie Stansfield Glass - - #8179
I recently had a one-on-one day with Andy and, as a new-boy to wood turning, I was not disappointed. He patiently explained the craft, took me through the tools that are used and all aspects of the lathes and the other machinery that he has. He advised on the various woods used for turning, and how best to season the wood. He helped me turn a bowl during the day using a variety of tools. He also advised me on the best makes of lathes and other machinery that I should be considering for in due course, and offered to give me his opinion on any machine prior to me actually buying. I would highly recommend Andy for anybody wanting to find out about wood turning, or to improve their skills.
Dave Buckwell - - #7783
I great morning out with my dad and a lovely bowl made to take home. Thank you.
Karen Turnbull - - #7288
Andy is an excellent and patient teacher as well as a superb craftsman. I recommend him to anyone wishing to take up wood Turning
Peter Ellis - - #6477
I had always fancied trying wood turning, and I'm glad I did so through this great course. As a total beginner it was a steep learning curve, but it was incredibly satisfying and ultimately very creative. Under the expert tuition of Andy you will learn loads, and will enjoy every second of your time in his workshop - give it a try, you won't regret it.
Jim Wreglesworth - - #6439
As an engineer I have always wanted to learn how to turn in wood. I heard about Andy from a friend and decided to book a day for a beginners course in wood turning.
What a day I had with This skilled guy, Andy Browne, his turning ability was second to none with a professional workshop. He soon got me up and running to turn my own bowl. The day was fantastic I learnt so much in such a short time. I didn't want the day to end. I shall be booking a second day with Andy to take my skill to another level.
Thank you Andy for a brilliant and informative day. I would recommend Andy to anyone who is thinking of learning wood turning.
Rod Knight - - #6360
Great time learning new skills, Andy is a great teacher spending time exsplaning all the tricks of the trade.
I will be recommending this course to friends
Ray sheppard - - #6348
My son recently bought me a days wood turning course with Andy as a birthday present. Like my son I have always had a strong desire to be able to work with wood and design my own creations. At long last I had the opportunity to spend the day with a wood turning expert.
Andy's wood turning skills are quite staggering. His very own turned creations are simply amazing. I even turned a small bowl myself with Andy's help which I could never have done before the course.
Andy is a great teacher and has such a relaxed manner you will really enjoy the experience. A top birthday present! Many thanks Andy!
Robert Hillyer - - #6332
I recently completed a day's 'woodturning for beginners' course with Andy at his workshop in the delightful Hampshire countryside...
I was a total novice to woodturning before and was slightly nervous about how well I would handle the tools/ machinery but Andy's calm and very patient nature put me at ease straight away. This really helped me relax and enjoy the day to the full.
I learnt an incredible amount over the day and can definitely recommend it to anybody out there wanting to learn the amazing skill of woodturning.
I was so impressed I bought another full day's course with Andy for my father as a birthday present!
The added bonus are the stunning rural surroundings where Andy is based. You won't find a more desirable and idyllic location to spend a day woodturning, anywhere!
A great day indeed - many thanks Andy!
ROD HILLYER - - #6306
As a cabinetmaker I have been looking for quite some time to introduce turned design details as part of my furniture portfolio. As an initial step towards this I enlisted the help of Andy Browne.
The day spent with him in his workshop proved to be 'just what the doctor ordered'.
His level of expertise in all matters woodturning was a joy to behold.... materials, tools, their preparation, sharpening and uses, finishing materials and techniques (his textured and coloured
workpieces were real eye openers!). It was all there in the most wonderfully equipped workshop imaginable. All that coupled with Andy's easy going nature and relaxed teaching style made for a very enjoyable and fruitful day.... I will be returning soon and can't recommend it highly enough to any one wishing to start learning, or to increase their existing skill level in woodturning.
I. May - - #4969
I had always wanted to try my hand at wood-turning and Andy was recommended to me by a friend. I was very impressed with his workshop and how professionally set-up it was. The day started with a safety talk regarding the tools we would be using and the workplace in general. Throughout the day Andy gave me clear instruction and advice and answered the numerous questions I had. By the time we had finished I had turned a bowl, of which I'm very proud.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Andy and would recommend giving it a go.
I will defiantly be booking in again and am looking forward to learning more.
Daniel Griffiths - - #4387
I recently participated in a wood turning beginners day course with Andy at his workshop in Fordingbridge , Hampshire.
The day proved to be informative and very interesting and Andy was very patient as I was a beginner and he was able to teach me the basics of wood turning and the use of the equipment in a language that I found easy to understand . I came away with good sound knowledge of the basics of wood turning and all this was achieved in one day !
Thanks Andy . I will be recommending your day courses to others and to anyone reading this review I can vouch for Andy's expertise and easy to understand teaching methods for the novice .
I will be returning to Andy's day courses and hopefully this is the start of a hobby that I will enjoy for many years to come .
Paul Wortley - - #4280
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