Les Thorne Group Beginners 1 Day Courses

(6 customer reviews)

From: £125.00 inc VAT

Learn the basics of spindle turning including which tool to use and how they are sharpened. You will turn a simple project such as a bud vase followed by a basic bowl looking at the correct use of chucks and finishing techniques. You do not need any turning experience to enjoy this course with Les.
Timings: 9.30am – 4pm (approx) on one Saturday each month, bookable 3 months in advance.

There is a minimum of 4 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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Your Day Includes:

  • Timber
  • Use of machinery
  • Use of Tools (If you have your own tools, we recommend you bring them and use them)
  • Use of any required consumables or other equipment
  • Lunch at the onsite coffee shop (subject to Government Covid-19 regulations), Refreshments
  • PPE and Insurance
  • Please provide your own Face Covering for your lesson if Government guidelines still require one.

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 in order to join the course on the date you have 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.
  • Between confirmation, your payment, and the booked day, should the Government change their plans, you will be offered a chance to rebook to an alternative date (on a rolling basis until restrictions are lifted), or a full refund, whichever you prefer.


In response to Government guidelines, and to make sure your time here is as safe as possible, there are some important things we need to make you aware of before and during your lesson. These are in addition to usual safe workshop practices.

– Your lathe, tools and PPE will be disinfected before you arrived (unless you brought your own tools and PPE);
– Keep at least 1.5 meters apart – Do not step inside the painted lines on the floor – these will be explained when you arrive;
– All instruction will be given verbally to avoid any physical contact;
– Wear your face covering at all times when indoors;
– Avoid touching anything other than those items in your workspace;
– Use the hand sanitiser before and after touching the tools or the lathe;
– Use the hand sanitiser when leaving or returning to the workshop;

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  1. Paula Oakley

    Beginners’ Day Tuition

    Paula Oakley (verified owner)

    I’m SO pleased I took the plunge and booked this day’s tuition when I did. I’d
    had my lathe for about a month and had turned a few things but was at the stage of wanting to make sure I was doing things correctly before going any further. This was absolutely perfect for that and perfectly timed for me; with just enough knowledge to know what I wanted to get out of it but without bad habits being too set in.
    Les is an excellent teacher, one of those kind that you think back fondly on from school days that had just the right blend of relaxed and being completely on the ball about them! I really appreciated the timings that he stuck to throughout the day also which helped me get on top of carrying out each stage of the project at an appropriate pace for it rather than spending too long unnecessarily working on something. Insights in to his professional work and seeing some of his creations were really welcome too and it was amazing to have Martin there also, demonstrating finishing and just adding invaluably to the expertise and experience on hand for the day.
    The only downside was that it all went far too quickly and I was sorry to have to leave. But I drove all the way home with a huge smile on my face, a bowl without a flat bottom, and my first proper ‘bead’…

    Huge thanks to Les and Martin.

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  2. Ian Ryder

    Best day of training ever! Really encouraging and informative

    Ian Ryder (verified owner)

    I came on this course as an absolute beginner – had bought a lathe but never touched it after my original planned training was cancelled due to Covid. I’m really glad that I booked this beginners course with Les and Martin, as it was the most informative and fun day of training that I can remember. Came away with a bowl and ‘weed pot’ (see photo, complete with weed) that exceeded my expectations, and plenty of confidence to try more on my own from now on. Everything about the course was excellent – the structure, the timing, health and safety advice and the hands on guidance throughout – plus a great lunch and plenty of laughs along the way. Couldn’t ask for more…

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  3. steveoliver123

    1 Day Beginners Course

    steveoliver123 (verified owner)

    Anyboby thinking about starting wood turning should not miss this course thoroughly enjoyable and full on instruction with no pressure Les was always there when things wern’t quiet right .Highly reccomend this for a new turner
    Steve O

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  4. Katherine Mercy

    Utterly Brilliant

    Katherine Mercy (verified owner)

    Wow, wow and more wow! My husband and I booked onto this course and could not fault it. From start to finish it was excellent. Les explained everything brilliantly and made it look so easy. It was enjoyable, informative and competitive (between my husband and I!!). We made a bud vase out of sycamore and a bowl out of ash and the skills, hints and tips we picked up along the way were fantastic. Les was a brilliant instructor and so was Martin with his finishing techniques. We’ve been on many courses but this has to be the best and we will definitely return again. Thanks for an amazing day. Kate & Andy

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  5. Martin Barrett

    Beginners course

    Martin Barrett (verified owner)

    This was the second beginners course in the last year, again another great day with Les And Martin, the day was very well presented with plenty of great instruction and most of all lots of practical tasks to help new and improve woodturning students. The results of the day are turned items which
    Are a great example of how well the day went. Martin gave us an introduction to polishing our work with the Hampshire sheen wax and cellulose sealer which gave a beautiful finish to the pots we turned in the morning, finishing the afternoon with a nice ash bowl finished in the new citrus oil finish which
    Not only gave a nice finish also
    Left a fresh citrus aroma even my wife liked it?
    To anyone thinking of beginning or wanting to improve your woodturning skills and general knowledge then you can not beat the value of spending a day at the woodturning shop.
    I certainly will look to book a more advanced course in the near future

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  6. James McBarron

    Les Thorne beginner 1 day course

    James McBarron (verified owner)

    I’ve been turning for a few months, but knew I wasn’t doing things properly, so I signed up for this course. I wish I could have done it earlier because I wouldn’t have had so many bad habits already.
    Les is a very good instructor, plenty of patience (which he needed with me) and a very clear manner of getting his point across and
    his demonstrations are first class.
    The whole workshop setup works well for learners and I found it a comfortable place to work.

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