Woodwork - lathe turning for beginners with Thompsons Wood



This course is for anyone with a passion to make something beautiful out of timber. Its a wood turning course to make wooden bowls and give you the skills enough for you to go on make your own little wood turning haven!
Always wanted a go at hands on woodwork?
well come on then! let me show you!
Come to my home workshop, have a day of one to one tuition - where we will discuss all things woodwork (including some safety bits). You will then get to lathe turn your first bowl, which is yours to take home.
Lunch and refreshments included, street parking free.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Included in this course is a basic workshop safety tour, going through what tools and equipment you will using and how to use them safely and reliably.
you will then be given a tutorial on how to prepare timber stock ready to be put on the lathe for turning, tuition will then begin!
once you are familiar with the machine and I am confident you can competently work the machine by yourself, I will make some lunch (provided) and cups of tea and coffee throughout the day.
this is the main body of the day so will take up quite a lot of time, once you have completed the bowl, i will then talk you through how to finish it up ready for use!
Should there be any time left over there is always something more to teach!


Jake Byron Thompson at Thompsons Wood


10 Roseneath Avenue

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


7½ hours (8:30am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
David Cousins - - #36369

I had such an amazing day with Jake, who is an brilliant teacher. Went in knowing nothing and came out incredibly proud having made a beautiful oak bowl. Great equipment, lovely homemade lunch and now have a new found love of lathe work! Highly recommend this one-to-one tuition to anyone interested in woodturning!

In-person course
Ian - - #36349

I got the course as a Xmas present and I can genuinely say that it didn't disappoint!! Jake is a really good instructor, proved by the fact that as a complete novice, I managed 2 bowls and a pen, admittedly, 1 bowl shattered in half, but we caught up again with a second one. Lunch was great too!! Jake has definitely got me hooked and I can't wait to get myself a lathe and get started. I would totally recommend this course for anyone thinking of getting into woodturning or wanting tips and advice to improve their skills.

In-person course
Bradley - - #35663

A great day with Jake. He explained everything really well and created an enjoyable working environment to create a beautiful bowl - the wood was stunning! A day well spent and very happy I signed up to the course.

In-person course
Nicola Bowyer - - #35535

What a fantastic day, Jake was a brilliant teacher, so patient. I had never done wood turning before and he explained everything so well. The course was one to one so I had loads of time to practice. I’m so glad.I booked and now I’m hooked

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