If you are relatively new to woodturning, or have been woodturning bowls on your own and have reached the point where some help and advice from an experienced woodturning tutor would save you a lot of time and effort, this course is designed to help you.
At the start of the course you are allocated a lathe to use throughout the course and instructed in its safe use and all the accessories and given a list and diagram of the parts of the lathe and the tools needed to make bowls.
The bowls you can produce will be based on several different designs, functional or non-functional, depending on your skill-base and inclination. These can include a salad bowl, a platter, an incurved bowl and a wet turned bowl with natural edge. Time will be spent exploring bowl design, the treatment and sourcing of timber and the process of roughing out bowls from unseasoned wood. You will also be taught to master sharpening a bowl gouge.
The method of teaching will be explanation, demonstration and practice. The tutor is very happy to repeat these as often as you need and encourage you to ask questions.
Please note that woodturning is a physically tiring and challenging activity, and requires you to be able to carefully follow the tutor's instruction.
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.
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.
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)
"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 re second to none. I feel very privileged to be a student at West Dean."Ian, 2019
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.