Woodturning bowls from wet and seasoned wood with Dave Regester

Wood, carving and turning

Ref: S3D11512

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About this course

Master techniques for turning bowls of various shapes. Explore bowl designs and tackle new forms. Complete a salad bowl, a textured platter, an incurved bowl and a wet-turned bowl.

Course Description

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 through 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.

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 until 9pm, 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


  • A piece of greenwood and one bowl blank.

What students need to bring

  • Overall or smock, hair ties for long hair, etc.
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear (sandals are not permitted in the workshop)
  • Woodturning tools (marked with your name) if you have any
  • Wood for turning, if you wish (seasoned English hardwoods such as Ash, Sycamore, Beech for bowls i.e. 50-100mm thick, 150-250mm diameter. Unseasoned wood is also useful and lengths of trees such as any of the above timbers or fruitwoods 200mm diameter, approximately 500mm long.)
  • Thin super glue
  • Your favourite finishing product (optional)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pencil
  • A selection of timber blanks – costing around £8.50 each
  • Finishing oil
  • 80, 100, 150, 180, 240, 320 grit, cloth backed abrasive
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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.


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

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