Bowl turning course (basic)one day course

Bowl turning course one day course


The bowl turning course is in the workshop, which has a good selection of tools and lathes and has 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 to turn, whether it is spindle turning or faceplate turning along with the tricks of the trade. Phil has many years of experience in hand turning and industrial production woodturning and his job is to pass some of his knowledge of hand turning to you.

Safety first

Safety is very important to Phil. 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 well lit and has Microclene ambient air filter and a fully ducted 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  – a P3 dust mask and optional earplugs. If you prefer you can bring your own visor or powered respirator.It is advisable for you to bring your tools along so he can see how you grind your tools.Here is the first video in a series of YouTube videos. Grinding basics


Why only two students?

After careful consideration, Phil Jones professional Woodturner has decided to teach only a maximum of two people per session on the one-day courses. This is so that the students receive maximum input from 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 woodturning to be passed on to others.

For one to one tuition it is easier to arrange a mutually agreeable date, so please just email or call me or booking for two people to attend together these can normally be accommodated in two to three weeks.

But where students would like to do 2-1 sessions but as an individual, I have found it easier to do set dates. Please note gift vouchers and bookings will be honoured but I am not booking courses due to the Coronavirus Pandemic to protect students and myself.

Friday 20th March 2020 9.30 am — 4.30 pm Basic bowl turning 2-1 (POSTPONED)

Friday 24th April 2020 9.30 am–4.30 pm basic bowl turning 2-1 (fully booked)Waiting to see

Friday 15th May 2020 9.30 am–4.30 pm basic bowl turning 2-1 (cancelled )

Friday 19th June 2020 9.30 am–4.30 pm basic bowl turning 2-1 (cancelled)



These are a 2 students course this is for the fixed dates as above. Please email me if you would like to book a single booking for a 2-1  course for these dates.

Bowl turning course (basic)

Subjects which can be covered in detail dependent on the 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
Cost: £250 per person for 1 to 1 tuition with a  maximum of 2 people
at £135 each  for 1 to 2 tuition .

Booking: Please contact me for place availability 07783 652687 .