Woodturning – skills and techniques with Jason Breach

Ref: S4D29623

Location: West Dean

About this course

Learn the basics of woodturning from the starting point of setting up a lathe, through to sharpening gouges. Make a range of small items, before turning a lidded box and classic turned wooden bowls as you develop your skills.

Course Description

Learn the basics of woodturning from the starting point of setting up and what is required with a step-by-step guide from the components of the lathe, to the sharpening of a bowl gouge, and you will also develop your skills in both spindle and faceplate work.

Over the four days you will cover and make a range of items starting with a practice piece creating beads and coves, then move onto turning a simple wooden mushroom, then a more challenging lidded box. These projects form the basics of spindle work. The longer time scale of this course also allows for more faceplate work to be practiced; the turning of a wooden bowl is the major interest to anyone with a lathe, and within the time you will make at least two bowls.

Aspects of work holding, sanding, finishing, tool sharpening and much more will all be covered by the tutor. You will be allocated your own own lathe and tools to use during the course and timber will be provided. You will receive practical step-by-step instruction to enable you to learn how the lathe is used safely.

Led by the tutor’s demonstrations, these four days will be very hands-on allowing you time to learn and practice what is taught, with questions encouraged to be answered and explained by the tutor. The aim is for you to leave having grasped the skills covered, so that you can return home to build on what you have learnt.

Please note woodturning is 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 and tutor 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 wood shavings and dust. These need to be close fitting, including cuffs and neck, with no loose ties
  • Long hair must be fixed/tied back
  • Covered, sturdy, but comfortable footwear is essential, as a lot of time is spent standing at the lathe

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Abrasive, cloth-backed
  • Some finishes

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). Tutor supervision required at all times.


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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