Woodturning – spindles, boxes and bowls with Jason Breach

Ref: S3D29621

Location: West Dean

About this course

Learn the basics of how to use a wood lathe to create a range of items, covering spindle turning and faceplate work. Learn how to use and sharpen your woodturning tools to complete a range of items to develop basic lathe skiils.

Course Description

If you are new to woodturning or thinking about trying it, learning how to use the lathe and associated tools safely can be a daunting challenge. You will learn the basic skills to be able to set up and use a wood lathe. This course covers basic spindle work from beads and coves to bowls and lidded boxes, with the use of basic woodturning tools. You will also learn how to sharpen and maintain your tools, with tuition from an experienced turner and tutor.

You will be allocated your own lathe and tools to use throughout the course, and you will receive practical step-by-step instruction throughout the course to enable you to learn how the lathe is used safely.

You will make a range of items within the time scale of the course, building on tool skills and understanding how the basic range of woodturning tools work. This covers a spindle practice piece, faceplate work, how to use a chuck to make a bowl and how to make a lidded box with a fitting lid. Time will be spent looking at how to sharpen tools, explaining timber and grain direction, sanding and finishing.

This is a practical, step-by-step, tutor-led, demonstration course, which allows for techniques to be shown and repeated as needed. Questions are encouraged, and each tool will be introduced in stages, allowing you the time to practise using them.

Please note woodturning can be a demanding activity, both mentally and physically, so a good level of fitness is required.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the College will supply all of the materials, including abrasives and the seasoned timber for the projects described.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring some overalls, a boiler suit or a smock to protect your clothes against the woodshavings and dust. These need to be close fitting, including cuffs and neck, with no loose ties
  • Long hair must be fixed/tied back
  • Please wear covered, sturdy, but comfortable shoes, as a lot of time is spent standing at the lathe

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Abrasive, cloth-backed
  • Some finishes
  • Available from tutor:
  • Some timber, if required

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals (safety boots, if specified).


Jason Breach

Jason Breach teaches and demonstrates throughout the UK, Australia, and the USA. Jason was introduced to the woodturning lathe at the age of twelve. Starting with a course with Cecil Jordan; introduced him to the art of the turned wooden box. He is a regular contributor to Woodturning Magazine. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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