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Beginners Woodturning Course (5 Day)

Course Details

Level: Beginner

Maximum zero student taught in a group during this course.

Duration: 5 Days

Course hours will run from 9:00am-5:00pm (including approx half an hour for lunch).

Price: £650.00

Price includes VAT, all required materials,
required tools and a light lunch.

Discover and learn all aspects of turning on our five day woodturning course. Aimed at students who have taken part in the two day course, each aspect of turning will be taught in greater detail. The extended length of the course gives you the opportunity to produce more challenging projects and time to learn a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

What will you learn

The five day course will introduce you to turning tools, equipment and accessories, including grinding equipment and tool sharpening. With guidance from your tutor you will practice techniques both between centres and faceplate. Through this you’ll learn how to master the art of pen turning, turning acrylics and polyester. Be taught bowl turning techniques and learn to spindle turn coves, beads and fillets and the use of jam chucks.

As the course emphasis is on practical turning you'll have substantial hands-on experience in all basic woodturning techniques. Using your allocated lathe and tools you’ll produce test pieces and projects that may be kept for future reference.

What you’ll take home

  • 1 Bud vase
  • 1 Toadstool
  • 2 Bowls
  • Pair of candle sticks
  • 1 Acrylic pen, 1 wooden pen, 1 polyester pen
  • Certificate of attendance
  • How to - ‘Course details’

Items you take home can change depending on the resources and materials available on the day.

Additional information

Time permitting the course might also allow for wooden fruit making. This will include wooden fruit making using jam chucks, all of which you can also take home.

You will start your day with a welcome talk, including a hot drink, health and safety brief and a breakdown and review of the equipment you will be using.

No woodturning experience needed.

The minimum age is 14 years old and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the course and must not be left unattended during class hours. If you would like to read our terms and conditions click here.

Colwin Way

Course Tutor

Meet Colwin Way
Peter Hibbin

Course Tutor

Meet Peter Hibbin

What our students say...

I will certainly book another course with Axminster

I was recommended to attend this course as I had no experience for 50 years of woodturning. I spent two days with an exceptional firm with exceptional staff and cannot recommend them highly enough. The administration was perfect, the tutor was polite, knowledgeable, approachable and friendly and I have to say that the visit was money well spent. I will certainly book another course with Axminster. If all businesses were run this way with the same type of staff the country would be booming.

David R, Beginners Woodturning (2 day)

My only criticism - it was all over too soon!

What a superb couple of days spent in the company of Nick Agar whilst being introduced to the field of woodturning texturing an colouring. Expert demonstration and explanation of techniques and tool use throughout with plenty of time for questions and answers and one to one guidance. The course is set at intermediate level but Nick tempered his instruction to meet the knowledge and experience of each student and made it such a memorable experience. Thanks Nick. Thanks also go to Colwin and Ben for the work they put in behind the scenes (and of course for sorting out the all important elevenses and lunch). My only criticism - it was all over too soon!

Alan B, Using Colour & Texture with Nick Agar

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