Graceful Bowls with Inviting Lines

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

From: £120.00 inc VAT

This full-on one day practical course will give beginners and improvers a fantastic insight into bowl turning with beautiful lines and form and go home with a wonderfully formed and finished bowl at the end of it. A 6 month online membership of the workshop wort £60.00 is also included with this course.

For more details and how to book, see below. Course runs 9am till 4-4.30pm (from 10am on Sundays) generally monthly, usually on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. See the calendar below for dates in green. Check out the reviews, too! Course vouchers are available.

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The day starts at 9am (10am on Sundays) in the on-site coffee shop for a meet and greet as well as an overview of the day…not to mention coffee. From there, we will go down to the workshop. A demonstration of the techniques you will learn will start the practicalities and then it will be over to you. Your tutor will always be on hand to answer questions and guide you through the techniques.

You will learn the techniques of good tool presentation, shaping a bowl using natural curves, aspects of safety and after lunch, you’ll learn how to finish your bowl flawlessly. And then, by the time the course ends at about 4:30pm, you will have a piece of work to be proud of.

Your Bowl Turning Day Includes:

  • Timber (you are welcome to bring your own piece if you wish.)
  • Use of Tools (you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Use of any required consumables or other equipment
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch at the popular on-site coffee shop
  • Tuition
  • PPE and Insurance
  • FREE 6 Month Online Membership to the Workshop (See below and HERE) worth

How To Book:

  • Select a Green date in the calendar above;
  • Select the number of people you wish to book;
  • Click on ‘Book Now’,
  • Complete your details on the CheckOut page
  • Pay with PayPal.
  • After confirmation and payment, you will receive a welcome pack with further information as well as health and safety considerations.

Minimum Numbers: A minimum of two attendees are required for this course to run and a maximum of three. If, two weeks prior to the course date, there are not enough attendees for it to run, you will be contacted and offered a place on the next course or any monies paid will be refunded in full.

Workshop MembershipFREE 6 Month Online Workshop with this Course

When you book this full days tuition, you will also receive one 6 months online membership to the workshop, which is a bit like a club. This membership supports the projects of the Black Dog Workshop, Membership of the Private Black Dog Workshop Facebook Group, gives you Facebook Live events from Q&A sessions to demonstrations and a Black Dog Workshop Sticker, Stress Ball and Patch to take home on the day.

You’ll receive an email confirmation of your membership when the booking is paid for.

7 reviews for Graceful Bowls with Inviting Lines

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Philip Cannon

    My wife and I both attended this course. My wife was a first time turner and I had been a self taught turner for a year. Had a good half hour get to know you chat over coffee to start with, then off to the workshop for the safety instructions. Martin demoed our first steps, we copied, I quickly learnt the proper way to use the bowl gouge. After finishing the outside of the bowl we then went for lunch. After lunch back to workshop for the afternoon to finish the bowl, again learning new and better techniques to produce my best bowl ever. My wife as a first timer made a bowl she was really proud of and really enjoyed her first time turning with Martins help and guidance. So if your a self taught or first time turner this course has everything to offer to enhance and improve your turning skills. Thank you Martin since the course, I have turned with a new confidence, which in turn means I’m turner better quality bowls. I Recommended this course highly.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Lysaght

    I had a great day, as a first time turner I was amazed at the quality of bowl that with Martin’s very capable guidance I was able to produce. A very absorbing and enjoyable day, I would highly recommend his courses.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Doble

    The facilities are excellent and Martin is a very good teacher. I was a total beginner and came away with a beautiful bowl that I really did turn myself. That proves the quality of the tuition. Thank you, Martin. Everyone is amazed with my bowl!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juliette Wiles

    I thoroughly enjoyed my day creating a graceful bowl with inviting lines. Martin is a very friendly and relaxed tutor and also incredibly patient. He took great care to explain what we would be doing, when we would do it and how ! He not only has a great talent for creating beautiful works of art himself, but knows intuitively how to pass on his knowledge. He watched and listened attentively to us, his fledgling would be wood turners, and helped us to get a feel for the wood and the tools and how to use them to best effect, to gradually create curves and hollows. The whole process was quite a revelation to me and most definitely all-consuming! Lunch time came around very quickly and we were treated to an excellent meal in the very warm and welcoming atmosphere of the on site Tree House Coffee Shop; a lovely spot in which to relax and rejuvenate ready for our afternoon of more turning, sanding and waxing. I was thrilled with my finished product – a beautiful shiny sycamore wood bowl. I can highly recommend Martin’s workshop.
    He is an excellent tutor and under his careful guidance and enthusiastic encouragement, I felt a great sense of accomplishment at the end of a very productive and hugely enjoyable day.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Spoors

    Great day, a relaxed and professional atmosphere centred around clear instruction entirely focused on what you need, when you need it. Good company with other novice turners and a learning environment where it’s safe to experiment without any embarrassment or awkwardness. The acid test – my first opportunity to turn after the workshop and I just had to get on the lathe. Be warned, Martin’s enthusiasm is infectious ! It was so much easier to create my best ever bowl, entirely by myself, than it has ever been thus far. It felt like all the learning from Martin was just “flowing out of me” and I couldn’t help hearing “keep the handle down”. You have to do the course to gain the benefit of that phrase ! Many thanks, Michael

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Knight

    Spent the day with Martin and two other budding wood turners and came away with a beautiful sycamore bowl. Started with a coffee in the coffee shop just getting to know each other and getting an important safety briefing from Martin before heading to the workshop to begin our day of turning.
    Martin gave us a run through of the different tools we’d be using and introduced us to the lathe and its various features. His teaching style is relaxed and friendly but also very attentive, quickly pointing out when our technique wavered (handle down!!). After a busy morning shaping and finishing the outside of our bowls we stopped for a delicious lunch in the coffee shop (highly recommend the macaroni cheese). After lunch we turned to shaping and finishing the inside of the bowl.
    I would definitely recommend this day to both beginners and those that have some experience with woodturning. Previous to attending this course I’d had a couple of failed attempts at turning bowls but now feel with my newly learnt techniques paired with Martin’s insights into understanding form and lines I now have the confidence to get back to my lathe and turn a bowl to be proud of.
    Thanks to Martin for a top day and looking forward to returning to the Black Dog Workshop to further refine my skills in the near future.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ligia Rodrigues

    I did a 1-1 course in colouring and texturing with Martin. I had a fantastic time and learnt so many different aspects in texturing and colouring as well as improving my turning skills. The workshop is light and airy which in turn has made me improve my own setup. I really can recommend and hopefully I’ll go back soon. Cheers Martin.

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