Wood, carving and turning

Woodturning – make a small bowl with Dave Regester

Ref: S1D09544


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About this course

Create a small bowl as you try your hand at woodturning and make objects from ash or sycamore.

Course Description

On this one-day course you will be introduced to the basic techniques of woodturning and turn one timber 'blank' to make a small bowl. As you work on the lathe throughout the day, you practise skills to gain confidence working on the project.

Good working practice and essential health and safety requirements are also discussed by the tutor and practiced throughout. The day is designed to give you a taste of the experience of turning a bowl by using a gouge and a lathe, followed by finishing with abrasives. You will get a glimpse into the world of woodturning where pieces of wood can be converted into useful and decorative objects.

Please note that woodturning is a physically tiring and challenging activity, and requires you to be able to carefully follow the tutor's instruction.

Having developed a taste for woodturning, attending a longer follow up course will give further insight to enable you to continue and practice turning on your own.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course including the timber blank for the project.

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil or a camera to record information (if you wish)
  • Sturdy covered comfortable footwear is essential (not sandals)
  • An overall or smock without loose ties, hair ties for long hair

"Dave Regester is a great tutor and very skilled. It was great to learn from a master of this craft.  Where else would one find such an opportunity to work and learn from such an individual?! The College facilities are second to none.  I feel very privileged to be a student at West Dean."

Ian, 2019


Dave Regester

Dave Regester began turning full time in 1974 and is self taught. He sells in David Mellor and Divertimenti in London and Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Devon. David has written many articles for Woodturning magazine and five books. He taught at Parnham College and has demonstrated and taught in Britain and abroad.

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