Create your own individual three-legged stool and learn a wide variety of different woodturning techniques and skills that you can apply to future projects of your own.
On the first evening, your tutor will introduce the principles of the lathe as a versatile woodworking machine and the safe use of tools in the West Dean workshop. This will be followed by a discussion of how you can arrange the materials provided to create a three legged stool (potentially with contrasting wood bands) before gluing up a seat blank in preparation for faceplate turning.
Over the weekend, the tutor will teach you how to prepare blanks for spindle turning in order to create your own individual stool legs, including a classic wedged dowel tenon joint for attaching to the seat. Four essential types of wood turning tool will be used and the basics of sharpening with a slip stone and grinding wheel demonstrated.
The glued up seat blank will be band saw cut into a circle and mounted onto the faceplate for trimming to a precise diameter, adding contours, detail and a central cavity. Using a scroll chuck you can turn a contrasting rosette insert to complete the lathe work. After drilling holes in the seat, inserting the legs, trimming and sanding, you will learn about different types of wood finishes and apply your chosen finish to your stool.
By the end of the course, you will have created your own individual three-legged stool, having learned a wide variety of different woodturning techniques and skills that you could apply to future projects of your own.
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)
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Our Foundation Degree specialising in Furniture is designed to give you well-rounded woodworking theory and craft skills to become a self-employed maker or craftsperson, to continue your studies in higher education or to find employment in the creative industry sector. Find out more