Product Description

During this exciting one-day woodturning course in Hampshire, you will have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of wood-turning.

Expertly guided by a professional instructor (either Les Thorne or Martin Saban-Smith), you will create a beautiful bud vase and turn your bowl.

This course is the perfect gift for anyone willing to try it and is equally valuable for beginners who have their own lathe at home. We offer a more in-depth Two Day Course if you’re looking for a more comprehensive learning journey. Join us and unleash your inner woodturning artist!

Timings: 9.00am – 4pm (approx).
(This course is extremely popular and often gets booked up months in advance)

This course requires a minimum of 4 people to run. In the very unlikely event it doesn’t run on the day you have booked, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.

Your Woodturning Course Includes:

How To Book:

  1. Choose a green date on the calendar

    Dates with availability are green.

  2. Select the number of people you wish to book.

    The site will tell you if there are not enough spaces on the date selected.

  3. Indicate the name(s) of the person(s) coming.

    Knowing who is coming on the day is very helpful, especially if the course is a gift.

  4. Indicate if anyone has any experience of turning.

  5. Click the Add to Cart button and checkout as usual.

  6. A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 per person is due at the time of booking unless you are booking within 14 days of the course, in which case the full balance is due. After deposit payment has been made, an invoice for the balance will be sent, which is due no less than 14 days prior to the course. See our Terms and Conditions for full details.

  7. After payment, we will send you all the information you need to join the course on the date you booked.

  8. 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.

Looking for something more advanced for your Hampshire woodturning course? Try Martin’s Pedestal Bowl Course for intermediate turners, Or, perhaps a one to one lesson Les Thorne on basic colouring and texturing.

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Tool Information

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Whilst there is no requirement to bring your own tools, particularly on our Experience Days, we do recommend you bring your own tools on this course that are appropriate to what you wish to learn on the day.

For this course, you will be using:
Spindle Roughing Gouge
3/8" bowl gouge,
10mm (3/8") spindle gouge,
Parting tool,
10mm Multi Purpose Tool,
3/4" Scraper (possibly!)
Bowl Sander

Any tool that you do not have of your own, we are able to provide for you.

By bringing your own tools, you will have a better learning experience as you are using tools you are familiar with. We can also have a look at them and give any advice on sharpening we feel would be beneficial for you.

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  1. Cathy Gates

    Fantastic Day

    Cathy Gates (verified owner)

    Hi Martin
    Just wanted to say thank you so much for a fantastic day on Saturday, you were very patient with two newbies!
    John and I really enjoyed it, we were both exhausted!!! It’s definitely something we are keen to try at home, we are planning a trip to Axminster tools.
    Thank you again.

    John and Cathy

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  2. James McBarron

    Les Thorne beginner 1 day course

    James McBarron (verified owner)

    Excellent.
    I’ve been turning for a few months, but knew I wasn’t doing things properly, so I signed up for this course. I wish I could have done it earlier because I wouldn’t have had so many bad habits already.
    Les is a very good instructor, plenty of patience (which he needed with me) and a very clear manner of getting his point across and
    his demonstrations are first class.
    The whole workshop setup works well for learners and I found it a comfortable place to work.

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  3. James McBarron

    Les Thorne beginner 1 day course

    James McBarron (verified owner)

    Excellent.
    I’ve been turning for a few months, but knew I wasn’t doing things properly, so I signed up for this course. I wish I could have done it earlier because I wouldn’t have had so many bad habits already.
    Les is a very good instructor, plenty of patience (which he needed with me) and a very clear manner of getting his point across and
    his demonstrations are first class.
    The whole workshop setup works well for learners and I found it a comfortable place to work.

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  4. Martin Barrett

    Beginners course

    Martin Barrett (verified owner)

    This was the second beginners course in the last year, again another great day with Les And Martin, the day was very well presented with plenty of great instruction and most of all lots of practical tasks to help new and improve woodturning students. The results of the day are turned items which
    Are a great example of how well the day went. Martin gave us an introduction to polishing our work with the Hampshire sheen wax and cellulose sealer which gave a beautiful finish to the pots we turned in the morning, finishing the afternoon with a nice ash bowl finished in the new citrus oil finish which
    Not only gave a nice finish also
    Left a fresh citrus aroma even my wife liked it?
    To anyone thinking of beginning or wanting to improve your woodturning skills and general knowledge then you can not beat the value of spending a day at the woodturning shop.
    I certainly will look to book a more advanced course in the near future

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  5. Martin Barrett

    Beginners course

    Martin Barrett (verified owner)

    This was the second beginners course in the last year, again another great day with Les And Martin, the day was very well presented with plenty of great instruction and most of all lots of practical tasks to help new and improve woodturning students. The results of the day are turned items which
    Are a great example of how well the day went. Martin gave us an introduction to polishing our work with the Hampshire sheen wax and cellulose sealer which gave a beautiful finish to the pots we turned in the morning, finishing the afternoon with a nice ash bowl finished in the new citrus oil finish which
    Not only gave a nice finish also
    Left a fresh citrus aroma even my wife liked it?
    To anyone thinking of beginning or wanting to improve your woodturning skills and general knowledge then you can not beat the value of spending a day at the woodturning shop.
    I certainly will look to book a more advanced course in the near future

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  6. Katherine Mercy

    Utterly Brilliant

    Katherine Mercy (verified owner)

    Wow, wow and more wow! My husband and I booked onto this course and could not fault it. From start to finish it was excellent. Les explained everything brilliantly and made it look so easy. It was enjoyable, informative and competitive (between my husband and I!!). We made a bud vase out of sycamore and a bowl out of ash and the skills, hints and tips we picked up along the way were fantastic. Les was a brilliant instructor and so was Martin with his finishing techniques. We’ve been on many courses but this has to be the best and we will definitely return again. Thanks for an amazing day. Kate & Andy

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  7. Katherine Mercy

    Utterly Brilliant

    Katherine Mercy (verified owner)

    Wow, wow and more wow! My husband and I booked onto this course and could not fault it. From start to finish it was excellent. Les explained everything brilliantly and made it look so easy. It was enjoyable, informative and competitive (between my husband and I!!). We made a bud vase out of sycamore and a bowl out of ash and the skills, hints and tips we picked up along the way were fantastic. Les was a brilliant instructor and so was Martin with his finishing techniques. We’ve been on many courses but this has to be the best and we will definitely return again. Thanks for an amazing day. Kate & Andy

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  8. steveoliver123

    1 Day Beginners Course

    steveoliver123 (verified owner)

    Anyboby thinking about starting wood turning should not miss this course thoroughly enjoyable and full on instruction with no pressure Les was always there when things wern’t quiet right .Highly reccomend this for a new turner
    Steve O

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  9. steveoliver123

    1 Day Beginners Course

    steveoliver123 (verified owner)

    Anyboby thinking about starting wood turning should not miss this course thoroughly enjoyable and full on instruction with no pressure Les was always there when things wern’t quiet right .Highly reccomend this for a new turner
    Steve O

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  10. Ian Ryder

    Best day of training ever! Really encouraging and informative

    Ian Ryder (verified owner)

    I came on this course as an absolute beginner – had bought a lathe but never touched it after my original planned training was cancelled due to Covid. I’m really glad that I booked this beginners course with Les and Martin, as it was the most informative and fun day of training that I can remember. Came away with a bowl and ‘weed pot’ (see photo, complete with weed) that exceeded my expectations, and plenty of confidence to try more on my own from now on. Everything about the course was excellent – the structure, the timing, health and safety advice and the hands on guidance throughout – plus a great lunch and plenty of laughs along the way. Couldn’t ask for more…

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  11. Ian Ryder

    Best day of training ever! Really encouraging and informative

    Ian Ryder (verified owner)

    I came on this course as an absolute beginner – had bought a lathe but never touched it after my original planned training was cancelled due to Covid. I’m really glad that I booked this beginners course with Les and Martin, as it was the most informative and fun day of training that I can remember. Came away with a bowl and ‘weed pot’ (see photo, complete with weed) that exceeded my expectations, and plenty of confidence to try more on my own from now on. Everything about the course was excellent – the structure, the timing, health and safety advice and the hands on guidance throughout – plus a great lunch and plenty of laughs along the way. Couldn’t ask for more…

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  12. Paula Oakley

    Beginners’ Day Tuition

    Paula Oakley (verified owner)

    I’m SO pleased I took the plunge and booked this day’s tuition when I did. I’d
    had my lathe for about a month and had turned a few things but was at the stage of wanting to make sure I was doing things correctly before going any further. This was absolutely perfect for that and perfectly timed for me; with just enough knowledge to know what I wanted to get out of it but without bad habits being too set in.
    Les is an excellent teacher, one of those kind that you think back fondly on from school days that had just the right blend of relaxed and being completely on the ball about them! I really appreciated the timings that he stuck to throughout the day also which helped me get on top of carrying out each stage of the project at an appropriate pace for it rather than spending too long unnecessarily working on something. Insights in to his professional work and seeing some of his creations were really welcome too and it was amazing to have Martin there also, demonstrating finishing and just adding invaluably to the expertise and experience on hand for the day.
    The only downside was that it all went far too quickly and I was sorry to have to leave. But I drove all the way home with a huge smile on my face, a bowl without a flat bottom, and my first proper ‘bead’…

    Huge thanks to Les and Martin.

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  13. Paula Oakley

    Beginners’ Day Tuition

    Paula Oakley (verified owner)

    I’m SO pleased I took the plunge and booked this day’s tuition when I did. I’d
    had my lathe for about a month and had turned a few things but was at the stage of wanting to make sure I was doing things correctly before going any further. This was absolutely perfect for that and perfectly timed for me; with just enough knowledge to know what I wanted to get out of it but without bad habits being too set in.
    Les is an excellent teacher, one of those kind that you think back fondly on from school days that had just the right blend of relaxed and being completely on the ball about them! I really appreciated the timings that he stuck to throughout the day also which helped me get on top of carrying out each stage of the project at an appropriate pace for it rather than spending too long unnecessarily working on something. Insights in to his professional work and seeing some of his creations were really welcome too and it was amazing to have Martin there also, demonstrating finishing and just adding invaluably to the expertise and experience on hand for the day.
    The only downside was that it all went far too quickly and I was sorry to have to leave. But I drove all the way home with a huge smile on my face, a bowl without a flat bottom, and my first proper ‘bead’…

    Huge thanks to Les and Martin.

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Enjoy trying the craft of woodturning and leave with two completed projects with no previous experience necessary! Dates now bookable up to 9 months in advance.

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