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Wood Turning - Beginners Course

About the course

About the course

This novices’ level course in woodturning has been developed to take students with a little experience and over the weekend build up the confidence and skills enabling the candidates to produce items on their own lathe and progress to the Intermediate Workshop.

Students must have done the Taster Course or have their own lathe and be familiar with it’s operation before attending this course. Candidates will be instructed and shown how to safely operate the lathe with the aim of producing a candlestick and base from olive wood.

At the end of the course, students should have gained sufficient knowledge to competently and safely set up their own workshop and tools at home. In doing so students can produce items for their own use or for resale as required.

All the pieces made can be taken home at the end of the day with no additional charge.

The course is delivered in partnership with Wooden Stuff Ltd. Lytham, Lancashire http://www.olivewoodturning.co.uk/

The course will cover the following topics;

• Workshop safety

• Lathe appreciation

• Woodturning tool techniques

• Wood appreciation

• Work holding methods

• Sanding techniques

• Finishing techniques Projects

• Candlestick (spindle turning)

• Candlestick base (face-plate turning)

Additional Information

(Please note this course is not held at the Myerscough College, Bilsborrow campus)

Items listed may be altered without notice depending on availability of materials. All tools, materials and tuition will be provided by Olivewoodturning at their specialist training workshop in Lytham.

The material costs are included within the course fee.

Students are expected to wear suitable clothing (not loose fitting) or a specialist apron, suitable footwear (not canvas or open-toed). Loose fitting jewellery to be removed. Long hair should be tied back.

Food is not provided - please bring a packed lunch if required, or there is a McDonalds and Lidl store within walking distance of the venue. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

The course will be conducted in accordance with any currently in-force government COVID-19 regulations.


Intermediate Woodturning Workshop

Course Numbers and Duration The course is for a maximum of 6 students The course is for 12 hours, on a weekend, 6 hours each on Saturday and Sunday and runs from 10:00 - 16:00 each day.

Company Information

Olivewoodturning, based in Lytham and run by Neil Relph, specialises in selling olive wood and making products from olive, particularly turned items. We have a 1200 sq. ft. workshop with a purpose built mezzanine floor for the Training Area. As well as turned items, we produce furniture such as tables. Recently we’ve produced kitchen worktops, breakfast bars and the bar top for Lytham Gin all in solid olive. Tutor Information Derek Bailey is the woodturning tutor for our courses. Derek has a wealth of experience both in woodturning and teaching. In the past, he was a production woodturner with his own business, based in Waterfoot, Rossendale. He’s been teaching at Olivewoodturning for over 6 years and has taught over 300 individuals.

Course Output

During the course, students produce two items. The first is the candlestick, spindle turning, the second is the base which is faceplate turning.

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