Wood Turning (Weekly Classes)
with Phil Francis
Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time.
PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for wood turning at the lathe. If you would like to book a general woodwork session (running on the same dates / times), please click here.
What Will I Learn?
These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor.
During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning.
During the sessions learners will:
- Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task.
- Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances.
- Use design briefs to guide design thinking.
- Practice skills to complete other projects at home.
- Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking.
Is This For Me?
These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis.
During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace.
What Do I Need To Bring?
Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost.
Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend.
How will I know that my skills have improved?
At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.