Famed for its beautiful colours and figure, quality yew wood is a sought after commodity for wood turners. The Woodturning Shop has been lucky to have had access to a bulk load of Hampshire Yew recently and have been busy processing it into blanks . . .
One of the hardest timbers of softwood species, yew trees (taxus baccata) are incredibly long lived with any individually tree not being classed as ‘ancient’ till it is 900 years old! Often found in church yards and southern England, yew is a native species and is characterised by rich orange, red and purple tones.
Often beautifully figured, yew is also known for its inclusions such as knots, bark, fissures and faults. It can be equally a challenge and a joy to turn when care and thought is put into how the final piece will look. A skilled turner will be able to include voids and features in a piece to create something truly stunning. As with all turning, care should be taken to protect yourself when turning yew, particularly when sanding.
We first mentioned we have a load of Yew a few weeks ago and published some posts on social media of the timber being processed. Since then, we have received many requests for blanks being made available online for customers who live too far away for them to make the journey to have a look at the stock actually here in the shop. See the gallery at the bottom of this page.
As a trial, we have uploaded a hand picked a small selection of bowl, spindle and pen blanks to the website for online ordering (UK only. Sorry). The blank you see in the picture is the blank you will receive. Click the ‘Select Options’ button below to see the initial stock available online. More may be added later.
Due to the continued increases in the cost of timber across the industry, it has been necessary to increase the costs of our group courses.
One day courses now cost £135.00 per person. Two day courses now cost £260.00 per person.
When you book three or four attendees on the same booking, you will receive a discount on each person:
One Day Course: Book three or four attendees on the same booking: £125.00 per person Two Day Course: Book three or four attendees on the same booking: £250.00 per person
Should you have a voucher valued at the old price of £125.00 for 1 Day Courses or £250.00 for the 2 day courses and wish to book using it, we will be pleased to honour it for you. Please call us on 01420 560077 to make the booking.
The cost of one to one tuition is currently unchanged.
Learning to turn is a fun and rewarding experience that leads many to a lifelong and fulfilling creative hobby. Les and Martin are experienced tutors and offer a selection of learning opportunities for newcomers and experienced turners right here at the shop.
All the courses run at The Woodturning Shop at Garthowen Garden Centre in Four Marks, Hampshire at our professionally equipped workshop.
Courses start in September and can be booked now.
We hope that you are getting some time in the workshop during this busy holiday period. As you can see from the picture above, we are currently in the middle of a large building site with lots of exciting things going on at the Garden Centre. With this in mind we have taken the difficult decision to delay walk- in customers until around the end of October. The access to the shop being through part of the building site means that visitors have to be chaperoned to the shop.
We will of course still be teaching in the learning centre, and if do need that special advice, a tool or timber purchase we will be happy for you to come along by appointment and obviously the mail order and click and collect will be operating as normal. Online orders can be made at www.thewoodturningshop.com.
From now until the end of October, please call 01420 560077 or email email@example.com to book an appointment to visit the shop
Please do not turn up at the Garden Centre without booking in advance. You will not be able to visit.
We are sure you understand our decision from a safety and logistical perspective and apologise for any inconvenience. From the end of October though, our access through the new look garden centre will be complete and a lot more welcoming than you may have been used to, and look something like this:
We look forward to seeing you all at the shop when we open up again in the late autumn.
Just a quick note to let you know that this coming Saturday 22nd May, we are having a 10% Discount Day at The Woodturning Shop for visitors to the shop in Four Marks, Hampshire.
The 10% discount is applicable on all the products we have in stock except machinery and tuition. Les has a full house for a beginners one day course, so Martin will be on hand to chat with you about your product queries and Natalja will be looking after the customers during the day, too. We’re afraid that we cannot add the store discount to other codes or offers you may have for The Woodturning Shop unless you have one of our printed gift certificates.
In the garden centre where we are based is a super coffee shop with a garden for outside refreshments. It’s an ideal place to come out for a Saturday jolly outing! We are open between 9.30am and 3pm and remember that the discount is only for visitors to the actual physical shop!
When visiting the shop, please be aware of our COVID-19 precautions that can be found HERE. The garden centre also require a face covering to be worn in all areas. Thanks for your understanding.
Find the Shop:
Our Address is: Garthowen Garden Centre, Alton Lane, Four Marks, Hampshire. GU34 5AJ
If you have any queries, please do let us know and we’ll be happy to help.
You may have seen Hampshire Sheen has released a new product range today (1st April) – Three super skin care products so you can look after yourself as well as you look after your woodturning with Hampshire Sheen products.
We have sets of the Body Wash, Beard Oil and Moisturiser to giveaway to FIVE lucky entrants who join the mailing list below.
All you need to do is enter your name and email address into the boxes below to enter before 11.30am on Easter Saturday (3rd April) to be in with a chance of winning.
Terms and Conditions:1: Entry is free to all with a UK mainland postal address who correctly enter their name and email address in the boxes above and remain on the list until after the live draw on 3rd April. 2:One entry per person or email address. Please be honest and enter only once. We reserve the right to check entry names and email addresses and remove anyone found to be cheating without notification. 3: After the draw, entrants names and email address will be moved to our normal mailing list. If your email address is already our normal mailing list, it will not be added a second time. 4: All entrants are free to remove themselves from the draw and mailing list by clicking the Unsubscribe link in their entry confirmation email. 5: The closing date of the draw is 11.30am on Easter Saturday (3rd April). 6: The draw will be made live on The Woodturning Shop and Hampshire Sheen Facebook pages from midday on 3rd April. Viewing the draw is not compulsory (but it would be nice). The winner will be contacted by email shortly after the Live stream stops for their shipping address details. 7: If one or more of the winners is not on the UK mainland, an alternative winner will be drawn privately (unless a UK mainland address can be provided) and notified by email. 8: The prize will consist of 5 x 1 each of Hampshire Sheen’s Body Wash, Beard Oil and Moisturiser. No alternative is available. 9: Entry into the draw implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.
Up until now, Hampshire Sheen has been developing products to make your woodturning look and feel great, but what about YOU!
We are putting that straight with a range of three products to look after your skin and beard (if you have one!). These super products will work hard to clean you up after a day in the workshop around dust and skin-drying solvents. They will leave your skin feeling superb and smelling amazing.
Available in the UK from The Woodturning Shop in Hampshire, you can order them online for yourself, or the wonderful woodturner in your life as a set of gift items.
About the Products . . .
Woodturner’s Body Wash
Hampshire Sheen’s natural woodturners body wash smoothes, hydrates, and exfoliates the skin. It contains avocado oil, a rich cource of vitamin E, which promotes an even skin tone and reduces inflammation. Avocado oil also locks in moisture at the deepest layers, so the skin stays hydrated for longer. Infused with lime essential oil and blackcurrant oil. When used, it feels invigorating on the skin and feels great!
Hampshire Sheen’s new beard oil helps to prevent itching by providing essential nutrients and oils to the pores of your skin. This rich blend of oils deeply conditions the hair and helps sooth irritation and reduce inflammation. The oil contains contains apricot, avocado, macadamia and argan oils to nourish and protect the beard. 50ml (1.6fl oz)
A hardworking moisturising cream from Hampshire Sheen that leaves the face and hands smooth and hydrated all day. Contains allantoin which softens the skin and acts as an anti-irritant to help combat post shave irritation. Also contains blackcurrant oil to firm and hydrate the skin, reducing the signs of ageing. 60ml (2fl oz). Martin has been using this product for months and loves it!
Beard Oil: Ensure the beard is clean and dry before applying oil. Apply the desired amount to the palms and rub hands together. Brush palms along the side of the beard and run fingers through the front of beard. Massage in from root to tip. Stubble: 1 drop, Small beard: 2 drops. Medium beard: 3-4 drops. Long beard: 6 drops SHELF LIFE: 30 months. PERIOD AFTER OPENING: Use within 12 months in closed container. INGREDIENTS Prunus armeniaca (Apricot kernel oil), Persea gratissima (Avocado oil), Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia oil), Argania spinosa kernel (Argan oil), Tocopherol (Vitmain E), Citrus aurantium bergamia fruit oil (Bergamot oil FCF), Elettaria cardamomum seed oil (Cardamom essential oil), Pogostemon cablin oil (Patchouli essential oil), Cedrus atlantica bark oil (Cedarwood essential oil), Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*.* Naturally occurring in essential oils WARNINGS For external use only, avoid direct contact with the eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.
Body Wash: Splash the skin with warm water and apply a generous amount of body wash to the palms and rub hands together. Massage into the skin and rinse off with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel. SHELF LIFE: 30 months. Use within 12 months in closed container (eg. bottle with flip top, pump dispenser) INGREDIENTS Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol & Polysorbate 60, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot kernel oil), Potassium oleate, Potassium cocoate, Potassium citrate, Citric acid, Cocos nucifera (Coconut oil), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower oil), Vegetable glycerin, Coco-glucoside, Persea gratissima (Avocado oil), Stearic acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan gum, Avena sativa meal extract (Oat silk), Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant oil), Citrus aurantifolia (Lime essential oil), Mentha arvensis oil (Peppermint essential oil), Citrus medica limonum peel oil (Lemon essential oil), Citral*, Limonene*. * Naturally occurring in essential oils
Moisturiser: Pat cold water onto freshly shaved skin or washed hands and pat dry. Take a couple of fingers full (a teaspoon) into the palms and rub hands together. Massage the moisturiser into the face, neck and hands in circular motions until it is absorbed into the skin. SHELF LIFE: 30 months. Use within 6 months in open container. INGREDIENTS Aqua, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot kernel oil), Cetearyl alcohol & Polysorbate 60, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower oil), Vegetable glycerin, Olea europaea (Olive oil), Cocos nucifera (Coconut oil), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic acid, Zinc oxide, Allantoin, Avena sativa meal extract (Oat silk), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium hyaluronate (Hyaluronic acid), Xanthan gum, Ribes nigrum (Blackcurrant extract), Citrus aurantifolia oil (Lime essential oil), Lavandula angustifolia oil (Lavender essential oil), Cedrus atlantica bark oil (Cedarwood essential oil), Origanum majorana leaf oil (Marjoram oil sweet), Citrus aurantium (Neroli essential oil), Citral*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. * Naturally occurring in essential oils
All Hampshire Sheen Skin Care Products are: Vegetarian friendly, Cruelty free, Paraben and sulphate free
Whilst the April 1st promo video for these products is a tongue-in-cheek the products are 100% genuine, and Martin does use them!
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