Spindle turning course (Basic) one day

Spindle turning course (basic) one day

The spindle 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 of spindle 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 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  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 and 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 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 student’s ability, if there are 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 without jigs.  

https://youtu.be/09L6et4KV9Q          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. 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 woodturning to be passed on to you.

Spindle turning course (basic)

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

  • Health & Safety
  • Tool sharpening – grinding and stoning, freehand
  • 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 backwards
  • 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   & 1 to 2 tuition at a cost of £135.00 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.