Wood, carving and turning

Woodturning – bowls with texture with Colin Simpson

Ref: S3D09339


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About this course

Develop bowl turning skills as you explore the versatility of the bowl gouge. Emphasis is on learning good technique and bowl design, with methods for texturing, colouring and finishing.

Course Description

This course will focus on developing skills for woodturning bowls and give you hands-on practical experience of various texturing techniques.

The versatility of the bowl gouge will be covered, together with sharpening techniques, the way wood likes to be cut, and the application of various texturing and colouring techniques. There will also be a discussion on good bowl design. If you have previous woodturning experience and have a particular project in mind, the tutor will be happy to accommodate it, providing time allows. The tutor will demonstrate and explain techniques both formally and informally to the group and on an individual basis. You will have exclusive use of a lathe and its accessories for the duration of the course, and work at your own pace.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Timber and abrasives provided for the course.

What students need to bring

  • Your own tools, especially bowl gouges. Whilst the college will provide a comprehensive set of tools, you are encouraged to bring your own, if you have them, so that the tutor can assist in correcting any problems you might have in sharpening or using them.
  • You are also encouraged to bring any past examples of your woodturning, if you have any. This will not only help the tutor to ascertain the skill level of the group, but will also help with discussion on design.
  • Suitable clothing: Overall or smock, plus sturdy covered shoes are essential. Long hair must be tied back.
  • Sanding sealer, if you have any.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pencils


Colin Simpson

Colin Simpson has been woodturning for over 30 years. He has been teaching and demonstrating woodturning for over eighteen years in his own workshop, throughout Europe, the USA and New Zealand. He is a past editor of world renowned magazine 'Woodturning', and now writes regularly for woodworking magazines.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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