Les Thorne Group Beginners 2 Day Courses

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From: £250.00 inc VAT

Day 1 – 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.
Day 2 – You will be guided through the turning of a lidded box including end grain hollowing and jam chucking. Also, we’ll discuss the conversion of timber for your own projects.
Timings: 9.30am – 4pm (approx) on one Thursday and Friday each month, bookable up to three months in advance. The dates in Green in the calendar below are the start date  of your two day course.

You do not need any turning experience to enjoy this course with Les.

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. This is a two day course. Day One is shown on the calendar.
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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. Peter Martin

    Brilliant course for absolute beginners and the more experienced

    Peter Martin (verified owner)

    A fantastic couple of days, well paced, hands-on and great fun. I had no turning experience at all, but Les patiently guided me and the other three students through the projects showing us each stage, then letting us try and guide as we go. We all made some mistakes, but Les always seemed to be just over your shoulder at the right time to show you where you could improve. Everything was very safe and controlled and we all ended up with lovely things to tkae home! Great general advice on safety, sharpening, chucks etc. Les is a natural tutor, and knows exactly when to step in and help and when to let you get on with it. When you are helped to make a nice, clean cut in the right way it’s extreemly satisfying. Thanks also to Martin who also did a quick session on finishing for us. I can highly recommend this course, probably the best course I’ve ever done in anything. Now I need to buy a lathe!

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  2. tjbone51

    Fun filled tuition

    tjbone51 (verified owner)

    Even though I had some experience of Woodturning Les explained everything in the most basic way, one group member who had never done any turning made three good pieces ( bud vase, bowl, and a lidded box) I would highly recommend this course,

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  3. Jonathan Parsons

    Fantastic course for beginners and those just starting woodturning

    Jonathan Parsons (verified owner)

    Just completed the two day beginners course with Les and I have learnt so much. Most of the group had already started turning but there were 2 complete beginners whose work was much superior to the rest. As with any new hobby or pastime it is important to not get into bad habits and Les was excellent at getting us to turn the best and safest way appropriate to the wood and task in hand. I like to understand why something is done in a certain way and again Les was brilliant at explaining the reasons behind the use of a certain tool and the direction and type of cut needed for spindle and faceplate turning.
    Those believing they can learn from you tube videos would be wrong. Les was able to offer instant feedback if we were struggling, doing things wrong or unsafely. The setup is first class with a lathe each and all the tools and material needed. Martin Saban-Smith gave a short demonstration on finishing and even lunch was provided.
    I came away with 3 turned items that I was proud of. I made many mistakes but feel confident that I know why I made them and what to do to help avoid them in future. This has to have been one of the best practical courses I have been on and would thoroughly recommend it as essential to anyone thinking about woodturning

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