Professional woodturning tuition is a fun, safe and rewarding experience that leads many to a lifelong and fulfilling creative hobby.
Les Thorne and Martin Saban-Smith are experienced tutors and demonstrators offering a selection of learning opportunities for newcomers and experienced woodturners right here at the shop.
When you come to the workshop for your woodturning tuition or even to give it a try, you can be assured of a first class day of skill-learning recommended by Axminster Tools in an informal atmosphere with energetic, knowledgeable and patient tutors.
Look over the courses available and make a booking for the one that suits your needs or curiosity. Contact the workshop if you have any queries and we’ll be happy to help.
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The main tuition room lathe has an Axminster 2030 Trade lathe used as a demonstration lathe as well as one to one tuition. It is a beast of a machine and allows pieces to be turned up to 20″ over the bed and up to a whopping 39″ using the bed extension. It is used to demonstrate the techniques on the course and can also be used by one of the students.
Five Lathe Stations
There are five lathe stations that students featuring the popular Axminster 1628 lathes (now know as their 406 lathe) as well as OneWay and Vicmarc machines.
Each student has a complete sets of woodturning tools and finishes to use on the day and access to a host of other tools for specialist courses.
Each student also receives a welcome pack which contains their abrasives for the day, a dust mask, a Les Thorne DVD, lathe stickers and further information.
The workshop also features extraction for each lathe, plus the air in the workshop is completely filtered up to 12 times an hour when sanding with a ceiling mounted Jet filtration system.
Axminster Tools have recently started recommending our woodturning tuition to their customers.
Every Woodturning Shop student will also receive a 5% discount for use in Axminster Tool shops at the end of their course.
Also On Site
In the garden centre where the workshop is situated, there is a popular coffee shop serving incredible coffee and hot food from 9am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday. This is where we will meet at the beginning of the day and have lunch if booked onto a full day’s turning course. Here also, are the toilet facilities.
1-1 Full Day Tuition£320.00 inc VAT
Woodturning Experience DayFrom: £145.00 inc VAT
Beginners 2 Day Group CoursesFrom: £275.00 inc VAT
Martin Saban-Smith Improvers Bowl Turning CourseFrom: £145.00 inc VAT
Les Thorne 1-1 Pepper and Salt MillsFrom: £320.00 inc VAT
Les Thorne 1-1 Improvers Natural Edge Bowls£320.00 inc VAT
Les Thorne 1-1 Basic Course on Colouring and Texturing Bowls£320.00 inc VAT
Les Thorne 1-1 Improvers Hollowed Forms£320.00 inc VAT
Remote Tuition with Martin Saban-SmithFrom: £40.00 inc VAT