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, with questions encouraged, and it will introduce you to each tool 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.
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.
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)
- 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
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).