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 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.
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.