Learn all the skills necessary for turning bowls from conversion of a log to finished piece and unleash your imagination to create a vessel of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. This course will benefit those new to turning, as well as those that need help refining their skills.
Over the course the tutor covers the safe use of tools and working practices, discussion on conversion of a log to a finished piece, tool selection and sharpening, an understanding of the timber you are working with, grain orientation on the lathe, what leads to good and bad design, and finishing techniques, 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 with details of any woodturning experience you have to date, so that he can understand each student's needs and expectations, and tailor the course accordingly.
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)
"Excellent tuition alongside equipment made available not only from the college but also from the tutor to ensure each person attending the course could learn various methods and tools in woodturning.
Such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere."Julia, 2019
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.