Woodturning courses

Woodturning courses

The woodturning courses are 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.

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 woodturning 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  Microclene ambient air filters and a fully ducted dust extraction system.There is a dedicated teaching area.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 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 I can see how you grind your tools.

The lathes

The lathes that can be used for the courses are a Union Graduate, Record Nova (vs) and a Poolewood (vs). These lathes give a wide range of scope from variable speed and to fixed Headstock and robustness for you to try & also varying working heights.

(vs= variable speed)

Why only two students?

After careful consideration, Phil Jones- Professional Woodturner has decided to teach only a maximum of two people per session. This is so that the students receive maximum input from Phil. This is because the greater the number of students, the more Phil`s 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.

View of the teaching work shop area

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers can be purchased  and a Gift Voucher and covering letter would be emailed to you, to print for the recipient. The one day courses are either 1-1  to a mutually agreeable  date. In the case of the 2-1 courses they are on set dates unless purchasing both places on the course, where they can then be arranged to a mutually convienient date.

Friday 26th of July 2019 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Basic bowl turning 2-1. BOOKED

Friday 27th of September 2019 9.30 am- 4.30 pm Basic bowl turning 2-1.

What is covered?

Subjects that can be covered in detail dependent on the 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. Here is the first links to my Youtube videos as teaching aids.

Basic Grinding https://youtu.be/09L6et4KV9Q


Subjects that can 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 backward
  • 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 parting tool
  • Sanding & polishing

If time allows we will put it all together to make either a 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: £135 per person with a maximum of 2 people
or £250 for 1 to 1 tuition.

Booking: Please contact me for place availability 07783 652687


Advanced spindle turning

Subjects which can be covered in detail dependent on the 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 an 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 that can be covered in detail dependent on the 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.