will be tailored to suit the requirements of the student, structured
to cover basic principles, but flexible enough to take into account
individual needs. It may be wise to delay purchasing tools and
equipment until after the course as my strictly impartial advice
will probably save you money.
will explain correct cutting techniques of timber, fixed between
centres with the grain running along the lathe bed, usually driven
by a pronged drive centre and supported at the tail-stock end
by a revolving centre. `Hands-on` experience using the Roughing-gouge,
Shallow-spindle-gouge, Skew-chisel and Parting-tool, will swiftly
produce Tapers, Coves, Beads and V-cuts ready for Sanding and
Polishing. Long-hole-boring and End-grain turning will also be
will explain correct cutting techniques of timber, with the grain
usually going across the lathe bed, fixed to the headstock by
means of a Face-plate or Chuck. The emphasis will be to present
the Bowl-gouge onto the wood correctly so as to control the desired
shape and give a clean cut straight from the tool. Thereby eliminating
or minimizing the use of scrapers which can, when used too harshly,
lead to torn grain causing the need for excessive sanding.
will demonstrate how to achieve an appropriate bevel angle, and
a sharp cutting edge, directly from the Grinder so as to enable
a swift return to the work in hand. However honing can sometimes
be more desirable and will certainly save precious steel. Students
are encouraged to bring along a selection of tools, especially any
that are giving problems, a minor adjustment to a bevel angle maybe
all that is required.
by-product of woodturning can be the accumulation of dust and shavings,
which apart from being a potential fire hazard, can cause severe
skin and respiratory problems. Advice will be given on how to control
and minimize this problem. Safe working practices will be observed
and commented on as and when they occur during the course.
courses are aimed at those that have developed a sound understanding
of basic practices and principles, but wish to aspire to projects
that require a greater level of skill. Natural edge bowls, Wet
turning, Box making, Colouring, Texturing and Carving are some
of the things that could be built into the course, which would
be structured to individual needs.
is 500sq.ft. of space dedicated to woodturning with full dust
extraction to all machinery. This includes a V.B. Bowl-turner,
Harrison-Graduate and Dominion lathes. A Startrite 502 Bandsaw,
Belt-Sander, Bench-Grinder, Air-Compressor, Air-Tools, Pillar-Drill,
Chainsaws and many hand-tools. All in all a serious workshop.
The courses can be structured over one to four days depending
on your requirements, but I consider that a two day course is
enough for most students to absorb at one time. We will cover
a lot of ground. Subsequent problems that may be encountered back
in your own workshop can usually be sorted out with a quick phone-call.
Each day runs from 9-30am to 5pm with a break for lunch.
The cost is £75 to £150 per day depending upon requirements.
This is inclusive of timber, materials, refreshments and lunch.
Accommodation, if required, can be provided on a B&B basis
at £25 per night.
The unspoilt Hamlet of Morwenstow is situated in North Cornwall
close to the South-West coast path amidst spectacular cliff-top
scenery. Ideal for `non turning` spouses/partners to explore while
you are slogging over a hot lathe. The same B&B terms would
Alternatively there is a good selection of Hotels/Pubs/Guest-houses
in the area that we can advise upon if required. To reserve a
place or to discuss your requirements telephone 01288-331453,
or write to 'Trelawney', Crosstown, Morwenstow, Nr.Bude, Cornwall
1992.……“Mr Don White has been employed as
a specialist woodturning lecturer at this college since January
1990. At that time we commenced a Health and Safety course for
Design and Technology teachers, following the syllabus laid down
by the Association of Advisors for Design and Technology. He teaches
safe working practises in woodturning to a wide range of students,
from younger first-year BEd and final-year BEd [Hons] through
to more mature PGCE and Articled Teachers from Bristol Poly, and
a whole range of serving teachers from Avon schools. His knowledge
of his field is encyclopaedic and his rapport with the students
is excellent.” Founder
Member…….National….Association Woodturners Great
Colin Scholes…………Head of Department Engineering
Mathematics and Science.
SOUNDWELL COLLEGE….St Stephens Road….Soundwell….BRISTOL…BS16
Founder Member…….Bristol and Avon…….….……A.W.G.B
Workshop organizer…[Dogs-body]..at..5..Loughborough Seminars
Some of the more interesting features from books/magazines:
Woodworking Magazine..…1983...volume.87...Profile of
Woodworking Magazine…..1985...volume 89...Life with
Stobart-Davies Publications 1990…British Craftsmanship
in Wood……Betty Norbury
Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications 1995..Woodturning Masterclass…Tony
Woodturning ..Magazine…..2000..volume 90..The Definitive
Salad Bowl..Tony Boase
Crafts Council England …....2002.……..Buyers
Guide to Contemporary British Wood
For over 30 years Don White has been among the leading Bowl-turners
in the U.K. Believing passionately that there is no substitute
for the discipline of repetition to hone one’s skills enabling
the natural progression to more advanced individual work. His
range of domestic-ware is stocked by good quality kitchen-ware
shops. The more ‘individual pieces’ are sold through
selected galleries and exhibitions with the Devon, Cornwall and
Gloucestershire Guilds of Craftsmen.