Learn all the skills necessary for turning a bowl or vessel from conversion of a log to a finished piece. Unleash your imagination to decorate your bowl or vessel in your own unique style under the guidance of the tutor. The tutor will discuss surface embellishment techniques including incising, carving, texturing, gilding, colouring and finishing.
During the course, the tutor will cover the safe use of tools and working practices. There will be a discussion on conversion of a log to a finished piece, tool selection and sharpening, and you will develop an understanding of the material you are working with (timber), grain orientation on the lathe, what leads to good and bad design, and finishing in this open-minded approach to woodturning.
Hand-outs and reference sources are provided during the course.
The tutor’s approach to teaching is to be as flexible as possible, and he requests you to email him in advance of the course (see below) with details of any woodturning experience you have to date, so that he can understand your needs and expectations, and tailor the course accordingly. This course will be of benefit if you are new to turning, or if you need help refining your skills.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Mark Hancock, a woodturner for over 26 years, trained full time with a professional turner in 1989. He has a teaching certificate (PTLLS) along with 15 years of teaching courses in his own workshop, the USA and Europe. Mark's work can be seen in UK galleries and collections worldwide.
Our Foundation Degree specialising in Furniture is designed to give you well-rounded woodworking theory and craft skills to become a self-employed maker or craftsperson, to continue your studies in higher education or to find employment in the creative industry sector. Find out more