Woodturning Training Courses

Beginners Course in Woodturning

This course is aimed at the complete novice and provides a basic introduction to woodturning. The Level 1 course comprises four weekly sessions of two hours, taking the student through a basic introduction to the lathe and woodturning, health and safety, tools and techniques. This is very much a hands-on course and students will be using the lathe from day one. A Level 2 course offering more advanced training and further practice will be available soon. For more information please contact us at enquiries@plymouthwoodturners.org.uk.

Course Outline

Session 1 Introduction to woodturning, safety at the lathe, introduction to woodturning tools, spindle turning and faceplate turning, making a cylinder, using the skew chisel
Session 2 More Spindle Turning, review what you have learned to date, making beads and coves with a spindle gouge, making a mushroom, Q&A
Session 3 Introduction to the Face Plate and Bowl turning, preparing bowl blanks, introduction to the bowl gouge, faceplate and screw chuck, mounting the wood, making a bowl, sanding and finishing
Session 4 Sharpening techniques and general review of sessions 1 to 3, continue/complete bowl making session, sharpening the 5 basic tools, recap, summary and feedback

Course sessions will be run every week between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Wednesday evenings. (Early arrival around 6:30pm is advised to help set up). Pre-registration is required.

Training course dates for 2024

We will be running the beginners course in woodturning during 2024. If you have already signed up for a training course or have expressed an interest in joining one of our courses, we will be in touch with you again. If you have not contacted us before and would like to know more about our training courses, please contact us here.

Note that these courses are very popular and we are getting several new enquiries a week. We are taking bookings now for courses which will run later in the year so early booking is advised.

CourseStarting DateAvailability
20th Beginners CourseJanuary 3rd 2024Fully Booked
21st Beginners CourseMarch 6th 2024Fully Booked
22nd Beginners CourseMay 2024TBD