Courses are tailored to suit your requirements and paced according to your level of progress, after all we all learn at different speeds and in different ways. I can also provide local one to one training in your own workshop helping you to get the most from your own lathe and turning tools.
Please note that the first available dates for tuition are now in 2023 so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements as all training can be tailored to meet individual requirements. Course outlines can be emailed on request.
Training on a basis of £20 per hour
£75 for a half day typically 9 to 1 or 1 to 5
£150 for a full day 9 to 5 including light lunch
For training in your workshop return mileage is charged at a rate of 40p/mile
" I bought Faye a wood lathe two years ago for Christmas – it was something she liked the idea of learning to use. We really needed some instruction before using it, so I booked an introductory course as a gift this Christmas and then decided I’d like to learn some of the basics as well. We had a really enjoyable morning with Rick learning the basics and making our first woodturned pieces. We both feel much more confident using our own lathe – the first thing we did when we got home was to have a look at what equipment we have and what we need to buy! We’ll definitely be back to learn how to turn bowls once we’ve practiced what we learnt on our first lesson. Thanks again Rick – a great lesson brilliantly delivered. "
"I had two half day taster sessions with Rick, which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to try a new wood working skill. Rick gave a detailed introduction to the lathe and the safe use of the basic turning tools. After my first attempts at turning I decided that l wanted to spend my time practicing spindle turning and Rick was flexible in his program to allow me to do so. Rick creates a relaxed but professional and safe learning space and is aware when guidance is needed and when a watchful eye is sufficient. In the second session I used my nascent skills to execute my first spindle project and finished the session the proud maker of a honey dipper. Thanks Rick for a great experience "
"Ricks easy to understand and positive approach to teaching gave me the confidence to use the tools and machinery to produce a nice stem vase.
I really enjoyed the time, Thankyou. "
" The session ended sometime after 5 and by the time photos of my with my new pieces had been taken in the garden and my car was loaded it was nearer to 6 when I finally left. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding day. I left feeling confident that I could turn without continual jags and keep my tools sharp. Rick and his wife made me very welcome with coffee breaks throughout the day. I would recommend a course with Rick to anyone wanting to improve their technique with a professional turner "
Alison succesfully completed her 1st introduction lesson and progressed to turning a fine spalted London Plane bowl for as a gift for her son.
"I have had a wonderful time, designing, and working on my bowl under the watchful eye of Rick.
It has been the most satisfying achievement and Rick has inspired and encouraged me to keep learning and improving my technique. I can't wait to do more!"
"I had a great day on Saturday, it was both very useful & enjoyable. My wife asked me if the time had dragged & I said anything but! Anyway, thank you again, a great day"