Course Start Dates
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About the Course
Beginners course/introduction to woodturning
The first part of this practical course is spent learning basic spindle turning techniques & exercises, these will allow the beginner to develop basic skills.
During the day lathes tools, sharpening finishing and methods of work holding are introduced and discussed. As the course progresses priority is based upon hands on learning with demonstrations where needed, to allow the student to understand and learn the techniques safely at a comfortable pace.
Part two of the course is spent turning a simple bowl.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me
A vastly experienced woodturner and writer for Woodturning Magazine, Nick Arnull has given demonstrations to woodturning clubs all over the UK and as far and wide as South Africa, the USA and Ireland.
The Beginners woodturning in Norfolk course is designed for those wishing to try out the craft of wood turning.
The course is taught one to one in a private well equipped and insured workshop.
Many students have never stepped into a workshop before and wish to try woodturning before investing in tools and equipment. Others are at an intermediate or advanced level and would like some additional training.
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 materials, equipment, refreshments and lunch are supplied.
Nick and his lovely wife Jane made me feel immediately comfortable and the day was well organised from start to finish. The course was completely bespoke and exceeded my expectations to be honest. Nick is simply an artist through and through and the passion and care he takes with his work is mirrored in the care of his students.
We covered health and safety around the workshop & lathe, spindle turning techniques and then moved onto a bowl in the afternoon. The day was not rushed and we even ran over a little due to my poor technique but Nick ensured that I was never made to feel like a conveyor belt with another student through the door. I brought my tools along to the session and he covered all the sharpening techniques and reground my chisels - they now really perform and was good to learn using my tools alongside his ones to get a feel for the different tools available for turning.
Technically the course was sound and covered all the basics in detail that I hadn't expected and I left feeling confident to try out what I learned on the day. Nick is a patient and able teacher and I will be booking another day shortly to extend on the topics covered and looking forward to another super day in the workshop (and very tasty lunch!)
Excellent value for money and well worth it whatever your level in turning.
Many thanks Nick and Jane, you are doing a super job!
Damian Shiell - - #24517
Thank you Nick for a wonderfully informative and successful day.
Great tuition for a total novice with a great bowl completed.
alex smith - - #23144
An excellent hands on course.
Nick was completely adaptable in his manner and training skills, for me to be successful.
His knowledge was not only wood turning but his enthusiasm, patience, teaching and listening skills . This course exceeded all my expectation. I was determined to have a good time and fun as was Nick. I learnt so much during the two days and was able to put into practice what I'd learnt, making sure wood turning was the craft for me .
I would thoroughly recommend this course run by Nick one not to be missed by anyone interested.
Chris Hooper - - #21100
Had a really great day with Nick, learning wood turning techniques, and then using those exercises to turn my own bowl. Nick is an absolute delight - very knowledgeable with lots of experience, and let me go at my own pace. Really happy that I was given the day course voucher as a Christmas present - super experience with the bonus of coming away with a bowl I made myself.
Andrew - - #19686
Getting a bit long in the tooth I wanted to try something new that I hadn't done before.
Had an excellent day with Nick who I found very easy to get along with and very knowledgeable, he is obviously very skilled in the art of wood turning but also has the patience and understanding to set the course to meet your needs and keep your interest.
Very enjoyable day and I came away with exactly what I wanted from the course.
William Daniels - - #17571
A truly excellent course. I am disabled and Nick was completely adaptable in order for me to be successful. The best thing was he listened to my needs and was able to work round them move things as needed. I was determined to have a good time and so was Nick. I learnt so much during the day and was able to try things out to make sure turning was the craft for me which I have found out it is. Thank you Nick and Jane the lunch was lovely.
Ian Taylor - - #17083
My 12 year old daughter was interested in woodturning and had been given a grant from her school to do a woodturning course. It's quite hard to find a course for children but Nick was happy to tutor her. He suggested splitting the day course designed for adults into 2 half days as he felt it would be quite intense and a lot to take in for a younger person all in one day. She had the most amazing experience. Nick is a fantastic tutor. He treated her as an adult without going over her head. He explained everything so carefully and gave her confidence to make spindles with 'bumps' and 'grooves' the first week. The second session she made a bowl, practically on her own. Its very hard for an expert to know when to stand back and when to step in, but Nick had perfect timing allowing her to develop her skill. She would definitely like to return for more teaching in the future. I would thoroughly recommend Nick as he tailors the course according to the person and delivers such skill through excellent teaching.
Bonita Rogers - - #16625
I approached the course with an open mind ,not really believing i would be able to master the art of wood turning .
Nick encouraged me from the outset his patience and excellent teaching skills built up my confidence .he never rushed me and answered all of my questions with enthusiasm and interest .
I was given all of my work to bring home from the initial novice practice batons to my beautiful hand carved bowl .
I would thoroughly recommend this course run by Nick to anyone interested in this craft and also those who are merely thinking about it,I thouroughly enjoyed my 2 days .
Thank you so much Nick for sharing your skills and knowledge with me and in helping me to choose a lathe as well .
Also a really big thank you to Jane for the lovely lunches as well .
Trevor Linkin - - #15959
Just home after a fantastic day with Nick. Hard to believe that a complete novice like me can have such fun turning wood and go home with a really lovely bowl to boot! I already have requests from other family members for a bowl of their own!
John - - #15275
I had a warm welcome from Nick on arrival and he provided excellent tuition to introduce me to woodturning. We produced three spindles to introduce me to some of the woodturning
cutting techniques and I have a fantastic bowl that we made in the afternoon. I would recommend Nick to anyone considering an introductory and / or a more advanced course in woodturning and associated techniques. Many thanks Nick!
Marc Lambert - - #14382
Just spent the day with Nick and must say it was a very enjoyable experience. Not undertaking any woodturning since school 58 years ago so was starting from scratch. Excellent and patient teacher.
My wife very impressed with the bowl (much to her surprise as she says that I have no creative flair!!).
Now looking to take it further.
Thank you Jane for the lunch.
Roger Trett - - #13567
Course was a gift from my wife last year, really impressed and very enjoyable day spent with Nick who is very knowledgeable and patient teacher.
Would definitely recommend and the bowl I made was described as "Less rustic than I was expecting" by my wife which I took as a compliment!
Dale - - #13253
What an amazing day with a really nice guy and his good lady wife.
Food excellent the course was awesome, everything I wanted to know about was no problem for Nick to show and explain.
Learnt loads I thought i knew but it was clear i didn't
But nick was a great teacher putting me right in a great way.
I will be doing this course again.
If you're new to wood turning this is the course for you.
Steve crisp - - #13165
The best day I have had for the long time. The course was very good and I think that it was well worth the money.
David martin eagle - - #12837
Had a great day with Nick yesterday going from zero to hero in woodturning. Well maybe not quite hero but my wife was very impressed with the bowl I made for her. Nick is a very good and patient teacher and the course is very hands-on from the start which is how I prefer to learn. Highly recommended!
Duncan Kerridge - - #12701
What a fantastic day with Nick (Alan!! Lol)... He and his wife are great and very friendly, Nick puts you at ease straight away, he has a very calm and relaxing demeanor..
The morning was spent showing the different tools, sharpening and how to use these tools for different shaping all hands on and not rushed at all. Then a light lunch and back to workshop to make a bowl.. Definitely wpuld recommend Nick ..Thank You!
simon clayton - - #9876
We had an amazing day with Nick. I contacted him as we were coming to Norfolk for a holiday and asked if he could fit two of us in together. Nick was able to arrange this and we spent the morning getting used to the tools and then, after a lovely lunch provided by Jane, we produced our lovely bowls. We posted these on Facebook and have had a great response, saying how professional they look.
Nick is a great teacher, very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. Great sense of humour and makes a great cup of tea!!
Carolyn and Gordon Raybould - - #9636
My wife bought me this for a Christmas present and I could not be happier. Nick and his wife made me very welcome (and a lovely lunch too),
Nick takes you through all the basic skills of wood turning at your own pace and builds your confidence as the day progresses. I came away with a bowl which is of a quality and finish I would not have believed possible.
If you fancy trying your hand at wood turning or are an established hobby turner, you will not be dissapointed.
Many thanks Nick.
steve reid - - #8737
Just had a one day introduction course and it was awesome. Nick is an excellent teacher. As well as being very knowledgable, he adjusts the speed and approach to the student. He is very easy to talk to and puts you at ease. I plan to follow up with a second day looking at making boxes.
I came away with a nice bowl and a dabber.
James Mouser - - #8450
Was bought a wood turning lathe and equipment for my birthday in December and needed to find out how to use them!
Had a great day. I was really impressed by the way Nick adapted his beginner's course to suit my needs and abilities and was amazed that we were able to make a lovely bowl in the time available.
Murray Ward - - #7707
Was bought a gift voucher for my birthday & am a complete beginner in anything to do with wood. Had a great day with Nick, & of course the lovely Jane. Learnt about the lathes, the workshop, safety in the shop, the tools, the basic skills, & finishing. Came away with a lovely bowl at the end. Really chuffed. Am busy now trying to plan to convert my shed into a workshop now!!! Can't recommend the day with Nick highly enough; am definitely going to go back to Nick for further teaching when I get up & running. Big thumbs up!
Kevin B - - #7022
Came in as a complete novice and had an great time learning the basics. The fundamentals of the lathe, basic tools, cuts and finishing expertly delivered. Left with a pretty good bowl for my efforts. All round a great day.
Rob - - #6940
I just completed the one day course on wood turning and have graded it excellent. As a complete novice I was made to feel very comfortable with the instruction. The content was comprehensive and taught me everything I need to know to start this hobby. Nick is extremely professional in his approach and takes time to ensure that you understand everything he shows you. He taught me several techniques and at the culmination of the day I ended up with a very nice wooden bowl. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in starting to wood turn. The facilities are excellent and Nicks wife prepared a very nice light lunch.
Jon Murphy - - #6937
Great day with Nick. He was knowledgeable, calm, relaxed and good fun. Really built up my confidence and focused throughout to increase my skills. Spindle work in the morning, a lovely lunch and then bowl turning in the afternoon. I will probably now look for my own lathe and then book another day with him.
Matthew - - #5163
Absolutely brilliant day with Nick.
This was my first experience of wood turning and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Nick helped me out and gave me pointers when I needed it, to help me progress. From learning spindle work in the morning to finishing off with a nice bowl in the afternoon.
Don't hesitate to book a day, you won't regret it. It's very "cool"
Thanks again, Nick.
Chris - - #4940
Nick provides an excellent introduction to woodturning, he covered everything I wanted to know to allow me to decide whether woodturning is for me and I came away with a lovely bowl. A great day.
Clive Rowland - - #4747
A great introduction to woodturning.
Nick is very knowledgable, helpful and patient.
I would highly reccommend this course.
Bob - - #4195
Most enjoyable course with excellent tuition (& lunch!). I came home with 2 lovely bowls and look forward to taking my wood turning skills further. Many thanks.
Glynis Hillier - - #3043
Wonderful course, a great introduction to the art of wood turning!
kate - - #21
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