Woodturning tuition in London

I have been turning wood for many years now, and offer woodturning tuition in London. I work both with complete beginners and those who already have some experience.
Woodturning is an absorbing hobby. But if you try to learn without attending a woodturning course you will make lots of mistakes along the way. You may get there in the end, but life’s too short for that approach. And sometimes those mistakes can be dangerous, so proper woodturning lessons can save you grief.
My woodturning classes are one-to-one. Usually, there is only one person here at a time. But if you want to bring someone else, I can work with a class of two. Both will get one-to-one attention, taking turns on the lathe. This makes the session a bit longer. I do not charge for the second person, just for the extra time at the usual hourly rate.

Introduction to bowl making

I offer an introduction to bowl making for those who are interested in the craft. This is usually a half day session, and makes a great ‘experience’ gift. It will give you an insight into woodturning, and you will use the tools to make your own beautiful and unique bowl to take home. You can see examples of my wooden bowls on my sales pages. Woodturning tuition in London is convenient for people who can’t spare the time to travel further afield.
My longer woodturning courses aim to give a thorough grounding in the subject. They are a foundation for further development. I can’t make you a skilled turner, that takes long practice. But I can get you off to a good start. You can return to your own workshop and build on what you have learned. My woodturning lessons cover health and safety issues, tool sharpening and use, and timber selection and preparation.
Woodturning tuition on these longer courses usually begins with turning a bowl to get a feel for how the tools are used. We can then go on to spindle turning, covering the use of spindle gouges and the skew chisel.
Courses are very informal and flexible, so you can work at your own pace. I am happy to tailor the lessons to your own requirements. Let me know if you have any particular issues that you would like to cover. Starting and finishing times are flexible, and lessons can be on any day of the week. Sessions are usually booked for four hours at an hourly rate of £25. To find out more, call me on 07496 021531.
I also give woodturning lessons to groups at the Camden Town Shed. Working with a larger group and limited time there restricts the attention I can give each person, so these sessions are more basic than my one-to-one lessons. Nevertheless, the reviews show that they are very popular.

Some bowls made during recent sessions

Beginner's first bowl
A beginner’s first bowl, in sycamore


Bowl made by student
A more advanced yew bowl


bowl made during woodturning lesson
Ash bowl made by a more experienced student


bowl made during woodturning lesson
Spalted beech bowl made by a more experienced student


Some recent reviews of woodturning tuition in London:

This really was great fun and I have a beautiful bowl to remember it by. Terry was a great teacher. Janice 

Terry Vaughan, yeah; such a genuinely nice guy. Very informative, Didn’t overcrowd/interfere but was on hand to deliver little tips, advice & quick demonstrations as to how any particular aspect should be tackled for best results, practically and, above all, safely. A natural teacher-craftsman. Thanks, Terry – Jim

Couldn’t fault the experience. Terry was a great teacher – having a great balance between guiding people and letting them find their own way. He clearly explained everything and was on hand when we needed help. Loved it! Want to do it all over again – Hana 

 Thanks very much for the excellent tuition last Thursday. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Minosh

I had a really great time and am as pleased as pie with my bowl. Not only did I make it with my own two hands, we all got to make micro decisions that give each bowl a unique shape, size and style. Terry and team were always on hand to advise and at critical moments salvage a situation. They made the technique seem easy, I had never done something like this before and can’t believe I made a bowl in just 5 hours. I will be doing much more wood work in the future. Sabina

Here are some more reviews, and details of the Camden classes.