No Rest for The Wicked with Another Full Week!

Saturday 5th March Demo and Teaching

As well as working in his workshop and a shop, Martin enjoys his outside demonstrations where he can meet people and share his knowledge and skills with different woodturning clubs. This Saturday, Martin went to Sandon Woodturners near Chelmsford.

Martin working on the website at his hotel
The venue for the demo, Sandon Woodturners

While Martin was away, Les had five students in our learning centre. A Group of Beginners learnt some basic woodturning skills, including finishing technics.

Each student ended their one day course taking home a bowl and a bud vase that they turned following Les’s tuition.

Monday 7th March

Crown Tools Are Back in Stock!

Most suppliers are struggling with order lead times at the moment, so we are very pleased to have new stock of our popular Crown range of tools. Click HERE to see the range, and in particular, our choice of a 6 Tool Set.


More Tuition Late Availability

There is some last minute availability on courses with Martin coming up in the next couple of weeks. Here are the details:

Bowl Turners Improvers Course

Saturday 2nd April:
1 space remaining

This is a super course for those looking to get their tool presentation sorted and learn new techniques and ideas.

Les Thorne 2 Day Beginners Course

31st March & 1st April
2 spaces remaining

Our definitive beginners course with Les. Learn the basic techniques for spindle and bowl turning whilst turning 3 complete projects to take home.

The next available course is 12th & 13th May.

All you need for the day is included in the cost including lunch and refreshments.

To book, click on the ‘Select Options’ buttons above.


Tuesday 8th March
Two to One Colour and Texture

On Tuesday, Les had two students for a one to one Course on Basic Colouring and Texturing. On our one to one courses, we have an option where a student can come with a friend or partner for an extra £40 and make the day a two to one! Find more information and availability by clicking here.

Wednesday 9th March
Blank Prep for Students

Les and Martin processing blanks for students

With three more days teaching coming up this week, Les and Martin spent this afternoon prepping the blanks for the students.

Les has a two day course on Thursday and Friday, and Martin has his Bowl Turning Improvers Course on Saturday.


Back in February, Les presented a demonstration for Cheam Woodturners in London.

They have recently published their new look newsletter, and it is very smart indeed!

Click HERE to visit the website and download the newsletter.

Whilst using abrasive like someone else bought it, use wax finishes like you bought it!

Les’ Tip of the Week

Thursday-Friday 10th & 11th March More Teaching and Turning.

On Thursday and Friday, our learning centre greeted three students for a Beginners 2 Days Course with Les. Over the two days, students learned basic technics of safe turning, use of woodturning tools and other equipment. They were also treated to a delicious lunch and hot drinks in a Tree House Coffee Shop at the Garden Centre.


Meanwhile, in his workshop, Martin filmed a video of wet turning an oak bowl for a customer commission. Below is a video of how Martin did it, taken from his YouTube channel.

Tonight, Martin is going to the Surrey Association of Woodturners for another external demonstration.

Martin’s Product of the WeekCurved Tool Rest

Available with 25mm (1in) and 30mm stems, these 12 inch curved tool rests (as seen in the video in this post) are an ideal way to help you turn elegant curves on the outside of bowls if you struggle with them.

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1 comment

  1. Natalie and Martin, thank you for your demo at SAW on Friday, sorry about the using logs joke but enjoyed the maths and making my brain work. I hope Martin made it up to you for going out working on your birthday!! Highest regards

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