Woodturning tuition in London

As a woodturner of long experience, I offer woodturning tuition in London. My woodturning classes are suitable for complete beginners as well as people who have done some turning before.

Introduction to bowl making

If you have never done any turning before, you are like most of the people who take my classes. No previous experience is necessary. The classes are a great opportunity for you to try your hand at woodturning. You will be able to express your creativity by making a bowl. Even if you don’t want to take it further, or don’t have your own workshop, you will gain an insight into the craft. The beautiful hardwood bowl you take home will be something to be proud of.
A class takes between four and five hours, working at your own pace. It makes a brilliant ‘experience’ gift.

Enjoy the challenge

Making a bowl needs concentration and care, and you will enjoy the challenge. After an intensive session, working under guidance through every step of the process to shape the bowl to the best of your ability, you will end the day with a great sense of achievement. Your finished bowl will be your own work, made by your own hands, and there won’t be another in the world quite the same.
All my woodturning classes are one-to-one. As the only student, you will have my undivided attention to make sure you get the most from the day. If you want to bring a second person to share the session, I can work on the same basis with a class of two. Each of you will get true one-to-one attention, taking turns on the lathe to complete each step in the process. Working with two, the class takes a bit longer, usually about seven hours.

Already into turning?

Woodturning is an absorbing hobby, and perhaps you have already tried it. But if you try to learn without going on a woodturning course you will make lots of mistakes along the way. If you persevere, you will get there in the end, but life’s too short for that approach. And sometimes those mistakes can be dangerous, so proper woodturning lessons might save you from injury.
My turning classes give 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, or help you overcome difficulties you may be having.  You can return to your own workshop to build on what you have learned. The lessons cover health and safety issues, tool sharpening and timber selection and preparation, as well as the use of the tools.
I can help you improve your bowl making ability. In an introductory class, I show you how to use the tools to avoid catches and get a better surface on the wood, so that less sanding is needed. If you have made bowls before, you can move on to more advanced techniques.

Spindle turning class

I can also help you develop your skills with spindle gouges and the skew chisel. If you are a beginner interested in spindle turning, you might find that starting with a bowl-making class is a good idea because it can help you get a feel for how the tools work. This skill is transferable to spindle turning. You can book sessions using the introduction to bowl making links above – just let me know that you want to focus on spindle work.
When you can make a bowl and turn a spindle, you will have the confidence to make items such as boxes and hollow forms in your own workshop.
Classes are very informal and flexible, so you can work at your own pace. I am happy to tailor the lessons to your own requirements, so let me know if you have any particular issues that you would like to cover. Sessions can be on weekdays or at the weekend, at times that are convenient for you. To find out more, call me on 07496 021531.

Other tuition

I also give woodturning lessons to groups at the Camden Town Shed. These classes are very popular, and consistently get great reviews. Working with more people and limited time restricts the attention I can give each person, so these classes aren’t one-to-one.

Some photos from recent one-to-one sessions

Beginner's first bowl
A beginner’s first bowl, in sycamore
turning first bowl
Turning her first bowl
turning first bowl
First time at the lathe
two people took turns making these bowls
two people took turns making these bowls during a class

Bowl made by student

A more advanced yew bowl

bowl made during woodturning lesson
Ash bowl made by someone with more experience


bowl made during woodturning lesson
Spalted beech bowl made with more experience


Some recent reviews of my woodturning tuition in London:

  • What a brilliant afternoon with Terry, learning (and doing) woodturning. The bowl I made looks great, even if my new expertise means I can tell where it isn’t perfect. A great Christmas present from my wife, and a great session. Thanks Terry. Roger
  • My partner and I had an absolutely brilliant day learning how to turn a wooden bowl under Terry’s expert guidance. It was a really hands-on day. You get stuck in straight away and learn by doing. We both had lots of time on the lathe turning our bowls and came away understanding the principles of how to turn a wooden bowl. Terry is a patient and friendly teacher who explains everything in a really clear easy to understand way. We were both really happy with the bowls we made. If you’re looking for a fun educational day where you learn to make something, we couldn’t recommend it more highly. Lauren
  • 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

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