Spindle turning course (Basic) one day

Spindle turning course (basic) one day

The spindle  turning course are in the workshop which  has a good selection of tools and lathes and has cyclonic dust extraction and Microclene ambient air filters. There is an abundant supply of timber for you to turn and, of course, a plentiful supply of tea & coffee.Phil’s  aim is to show you the correct and safe way of  spindle turning along with the tricks of the trade.Phil has many years of experience in hand turning and industrial  production wood turning and his job is to pass some of his  knowledge to you.Phil uses a round skew chisel but can also use various other shapes of skew chisels.

Safety first

Safety is very important to me.You are on your last set of fingers, eyes and lungs so it pays to be careful, confident and safe in the knowledge that you are turning correctly.
Phil has set up the workshop with safety in mind. It is clean, well lit and has three Microclene ambient air filters and a fully ducted cyclonic dust extraction system. Phil can advise you on what tools you may require and provide you with the correct procedures so you can proceed safely. Safety equipment will be provided for your lesson. Safety glasses, or a full visor which must be used when on the lathe/grinder or when using hand power tools – a P2 dust mask and optional ear plugs. If you prefer you can bring your own visor or powered respirator. It is advisable for you to bring your tools along so Phil can see how you previously ground your tools.

What is covered?

Below is a brief description of what can be covered in a course dependent upon the duration and the students ability, if there is any areas you would particularly like time spent on such as turning beads with the Skew and planing cuts with the Skew, this can be catered for. We will also cover tool sharpening as without sharp tools, you can not turn.Phil will teach you how he was taught, which is by using a standard grinder with out jigs.

Why only two students?

After careful consideration Phil Jones- Professional Wood turner has decided to teach only a maximum of two people per session.This is so that the students receive maximum input by Phil. This is because the greater the number of students ,the more Phil time has to be divided.By only having two students this results in students achieving more in the time provided.Phil was taught himself by this method of one to one tuition and it is the time served way for trade skills i.e hand wood turning to be passed on to you.

Spindle turning course (basic)

Subjects which will  be covered in detail dependent on duration of time booked and student ability.

  • Health & Safety
  • Tool sharpening – grinding and stoning, free hand
  • Mounting the blank on the lathe
  • How to hold and use the Roughing gouge
  • Using the Skew for vertical cuts
  • Using the Skew widening to widen vertical v cuts
  • Using the Skew to turn beads
  • Using the Skew to cut a Pommel (square section)
  • Using the Skew for planing cuts forwards and back wards
  • Using a Skew to finish ends of a turning
  • Taking diameters to sizes using calipers or a vernier
  • Using a parting tool, thin bladed and diamond shape
  • Using a spindle gouge for hollows & beads

Cost: £250 for 1 to 1 tuition and  up to a maximum of 2 people £140.00  per person for 1 to 2 tuition at a cost of £140.00 per person.

Booking: Please contact me for place availability 07783 652687

If time allows we will put it all together to make a either foot massager, rolling pin, dibber or something a little more adventurous.