Wood turning courses

Wood turning courses

The wood turning courses 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.

My aim is to show you the correct and safe way to turn whether it is spindle turning or faceplate turning along with the tricks of the trade. I have many years of experience in hand turning and industrial  production wood turning and my job is to pass my knowledge to you.

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.
We have 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. I 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 I can see how you grind your tools.

Traveling far?

If you are traveling a long distance and would like to stay close to the work shop, The Dinton Hermit is at the end of the lane where they offer the usual range of BED & Breakfast and of course good food. The Dinton Hermit (The Dinton Hermit is in “Ford ” not Dinton) – 01296 747473.

There is also the Travel Lodge at Thame – 01844 358703

What is covered?

Subjects which can be covered in detail dependent on duration of time booked and student ability.
Below is a brief description of what can be covered in a course dependent upon the duration and the student 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.

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, resulting 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 crafting skills i.e wood turning to be passed on to others.

Basic spindle turning

Subjects which can 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: £125 per person  up to a maximum of 2 people or 1 to 1 tuition £175.00
Booking: Please contact me for place availability 01296 747517.

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

Basic bowl turning

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

  • Health & Safety
  • How to sharpen the tools
  • The various methods of mounting the blank
  • Turning the outside edge of blank and directions of the cuts
  • Sanding and polishing the exterior of the bowl
  • Turning the inside of the bowl
  • The effect of the size of the gouge and effect on shavings and tool finish
  • The various cuts using the Gouge push and pull cuts
  • How to Sand the interior of the bowl (hand and power sanding)
Cost: £125 per person with maximum of 2 people
or £175 for 1 to 1 tuition.

Booking: Please contact me for place availability 01296 747517.

Advanced spindle turning

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

  • Health & Safety
  • Copying a spindle
  • Scratch markers
  • Marking stick
  • Using calipers and vernier or gauge fingers
  • Long hole boring (table light stem)
  • Jointing a turning (a round mortice and tenon)
  • Using a indexing head and router for fluting
  • Turning a spindle with holes
  • Barley twist left and right handed
Cost: Same as Basic spindle turning

Booking: Please contact me for place availability.

Advanced Faceplate work

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

  • Health & Safety
  • Repeating a faceplate turning such as for a lamp base, trinket vase or patrae
  • Turning beads
  • Turning hollows
  • Using screw chucks
  • Jam chucks
  • Reverse chucking methods
  • texturing and colouring

Cost: Please contact me for availability.