The Woodturning Experience


This one day’s training is designed for the beginner seeking a woodturning taster session of this skill. The aim is for you to go home with a beautiful English Ash bowl created by your own hands.

The Aim

The tuition will be 1:1 and I will assist if you get stuck or frustrated as it will take a full day to complete the bowl. In keeping with my ethos, we won’t just turn a round and brown bowl, but aim to include the use of several finishes and techniques. The aim will be something like my Black ‘n Silver Ash Bowl.

Along the way, we’ll chat about some basic wood and turning theory, as well as design and proportions of your bowl. You will become familiar with some key tools including the bowl gouge, parting tool and heavy scraper. We will look at tool sharpening techniques with you hands on, as this is a critical part of the production. If you already have some of your own tools, feel free to bring them to use or be re-sharpened. We’ll progress to planning the steps in turning the bowl, holding your work safely and turning techniques. Lastly, we will bring your bowl to a good finish by sealing, sanding, decorating and polishing.

The Lunch

Lunch will be your choice at The Pink Cabbage Produce Company in Mayfield where a wide range of light lunches and refreshments are available. See for more menu details. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks will be available throughout the day in the workshop. Any allergies or food intolerance should be indicated to me in advance.

Pink Cabbage lunch

The Day

The day will start around 9-9.30am and end around 4.30-5.00pm. Included in the price is all refreshments including the Pink Cabbage lunch, a 12” Ash bowl blank, dust mask and any finishing materials required. I will provide any additional protective equipment needed.

I’ll send a brief questionnaire prior to the day to ascertain your hopes and aspirations for the day, as well as remind you what you need to bring. If you need reading glasses, please bring them for close work. You need to wear stout shoes that enclose your feet (safety boots if you have them), not canvas or sandals. Your clothing needs to be comfortable for the season and reasonably form fitting, that is not loose, flappy or with dangly bits! It also needs to seal pretty well at the neck, as otherwise, shavings will get everywhere! No loose jewellery should be worn, and ideally, watches and rings should not be worn whilst you’re turning. There is parking at the workshop.

A mutually acceptable date can be arranged once a paid booking is received. Dates cannot be changed within seven days of the tuition. All the above is included within the fee of £150. Please email me or use the contact page to inquire further about a booking.