Colouring and Finishing with Martin

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From: £150.00 inc VAT

Join Martin on this relaxed one-day woodturning, colouring and finishing course for intermediate turners. This course currently runs on one Sunday each month from August 2023.

Timings: 10am – 4pm (approx)

There is a minimum of 3 people required for this course to run. If the course doesn’t run on the day you have booked, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.

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This course is designed for intermediate turners who can successfully turn a bowl without instruction. In the morning, you will turn a bowl with Martin on hand to provide assistance with improving technique for a better ‘off-the-tool’ surface before being guided through his recommended sanding technique. Then, when the outside of the piece is perfect, we’ll look at applying colour by hand to it for a super effect before finishing it beautifully.

After lunch at the onsite coffee shop, we will go through turning the inside of your piece and decide where to apply colour next – inside the piece or on the rim.

Your Day Includes:

  • Timber
  • Use of machinery
  • Use of Tools
  • Use of any required consumables or other equipment
  • Lunch at the onsite coffee shop
  • Refreshments
  • PPE and Insurance

How To Book:

  • Find a month up to three in advance and click the date in green;
  • Change the number of people you are booking;
  • Click on ‘Add to Cart and checkout as usual;
  • After payment of your order, we will send you all the information you need to join the course on the date you booked.
  • If there are fewer people than the required minimum for your course to run, we will contact you and offer you an alternative date or a full refund.

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  1. Rob Woolley

    A great and fun day

    Rob Woolley (verified owner)

    The description says it all as far as the actual course content, but what really makes it is the relaxed and informative way that Martin explains things. Explaining how to use colour, I would find impossible but by using and explaining what he was doing at each stage, Martin seemed to accomplish what I would consider impossible. You start with a just under 300mm by 50mm bowl blank in (this time) sycamore and you end up with a beautiful (well I thought so) bowl with the outside coloured to your taste! The colouring was done after the turning and sanding – down to at least 400 grit, during which Martin was close on hand offering advice and guidance where needed. By using Intrinsic colours throughout, Martin showed how to apply, match and contrast colours as well as blending and mixing the basic 12 colours. This was of course followed by the finishing of the bowl with cellulose thinners (Hampshire Sheen own – there are other makes 😁) then after allowing to dry applying the Hampshire Sheen wax. Taking out the inside of the bowl and leaving it plain, provided a lovely contrast to the colours on the exterior, particularly as the sycamore is quite pale. I did not actually finish the inside but that is not a problem as I can do that at home. Overall, time was tight, particularly as the emphasis was on detail, particularly the finish (obviously). Maybe I’m a bit slow, but not all items / finishes that were on the list e.g. burning, were actually covered. A shame as I would have enjoyed that. A long and tiring day, so much information my head was exploding, but so much fun as well as brilliant interaction between all the candidates. Well worth the money, particularly as my wife bought it for me as a Christmas present. Fantastic🤶😄

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  2. paul.bolton17

    Colouring and Finishing

    paul.bolton17 (verified owner)

    An excellent and well-planned day. I found that the combination of tutorial and practical with some turning technique correction along the way made all the information sink in. Martin has a very clear and precise delivery and I learnt loads. Good to turn alongside some fellow woodturners and chat. Nice workshop area with tools provided. The coffee shop is great too.

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