About the Course
Woodturning days in Berkshire with Steve Giles who is a Registered Professional Woodturner.
Steve teaches woodturning based on the knowledge of the student.
From beginners who have never touched a lathe or a woodturning chisel to the person who just wants to brush up his skills or is having difficulty with a particular tool or process.
Courses are designed to suit, usually on a one-to-one basis or with a maximum of two students.
Course days start at 9.30am and finish approximately 5.00pm and cost £140.00 per day.
Please contact Steve regarding mutually acceptable dates.
To request a course brochure or to book a course, please contact Steve via the contact form above.
Over the last 19 years or so Steve's natural talent and feel for the materials he works with has produced some inspirational work and in 2008 he took the plunge, and became a full time woodturner.
He produces functional pieces such as bowls, platters, plates (treen), intricate decorative artistic pieces, and a variety of intriguing boxes and vessels. Also sculptural works of art to hang on the wall or display on a table. He uses locally sourced timber from sustainably sources where ever possible.
His production turning ranges from spindles for builders, furniture makers and kitchen designers to finials, feet and knobs for antique repairers and rustic bowls for furniture designers.
Steve is in demand as a woodturning teacher at his workshop in Newbury, Berkshire covering the Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire areas to mention but a few. He can also teach in your workshop if required, please contact him to discuss this requirement.
In 2010 Steve was accepted on to the Register of Professional Turners, including The Worshipful Company of Turners, and is also a member of the (AWGB) Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.
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 and safety equipment are provided as well as morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch, please advise about any dietary requirements.
I spent two days with Steve, and enjoyed every second. He carefully assessed what I already knew, and took my learning on from there. He was very responsive when I asked for specific skills and knowledge. I learnt a huge amount, and it has given me great confidence and inspiration to return to my workshop. I've completed an apple and a pear just like Steve showed me!
The workshop is extremely well laid out for teaching, and there seem to be no skills or tools that Steve doesn't know about or have the ability to demonstrate.
His immense experience in both commercial and decorative turning give such great depth to his teaching. Lunch is delicious, and he will ensure you leave with one or two finished pieces to enjoy. Highly recommended.
Glenn - - #20318
Thank you for an interesting and informative day, and introduction to woodturning.
Your explanation of tools, technique and properties of different woods was easy to understand and hopefully this was evident in the pieces I made......almost by myself 😉
Thank you again, and if I need a refresher at anytime I will gladly book another course.
Ian FitzGerald - - #14107
Just a short note to thank you for sharing your knowledge and showing patience and restraint when a complete novice makes a complete hash of it! Very much enjoyed the day and many thanks for sharing your skills with me.
Ashley Warden - - #13419
Many thanks for a most enjoyable day, cannot believe how much knowledge you passed on in just one day, my confidence has been enhanced no end and hopefully after a little more practice and experience my skill will also improve.
It was a great day and very much appreciated.
Please thank Sheila for the constant supply of fluids.
Paul Norrington - - #12832
Hi Steve; thanks for a great day, we both really enjoyed the day, and loved what you helped us to make. on our journey home we talked about nothing else! it truly was a great day. we are both now thinking of buying our own lathes, and also booking to come and see you again! you truly are a most knowledgeable and professional person.
colin & James Cook - - #12109
Hi Steve, just a note to thanks you for your time, help, and advice on Friday and to say how much I enjoyed the day, especially as it seems it might be worthwhile going a bit further with wood turning, so i may have a new hobby now!
The family were impressed with the candle stick and the bowl I brought home so its was a successful day.
Next step is to look at the hardware needed and get some in place to work with.
Seumas Foster - - #11212
Thank you very much indeed for a great day of introduction to wood turning last week. We enjoyed it hugely and are very proud of the things we brought home! You were tirelessly patient and thank you for all the hard work you put in on our behalf.
Julia and Lando - - #11067
I spent a day with Steve on his one day course. I'm a novice and really enjoyed Steve's informal but practical and informative approach to teaching the foundations of woodturning. He is a talented tutor drawing on expertise from his initial hobby days to his accomplished professional years. His workshop is an Aladdin's cave of completed and experimental work, not to mention a tool or bespoke jig for every job! Thanks for an excellent day and good company.
Ralph Nathan - - #11022
Just to say a big thanks for a great day - I was grateful for all the advice you gave me.
Thanks again and later this year, if you’re up for it, I'll come for another session once I’ve had some practise.
Dom Ritson - - #10932
Thank you for a great day at your woodturning course yesterday. The course
was well planned and covered all the elements I wanted. You are an excellent
instructor and you explain and demonstrate in a thoroughly informative and
understandable manner. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience and I
have no doubt I will be returning later this year.
Derek Holland - - #7107
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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