Full Day Tailored Tuition

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)

From: £250.00 inc VAT

For the absolute best in undivided attention, book onto one of my tailored day’s tuition either by yourself or with a friend.

By tailoring your day, we can go over precisely what you want to either give you a great start in turning or improve your existing skill. A 6 month full membership of the workshop wort £60.00 is also included with this course. Gift vouchers for this course are also available.

For more details and how to book, see below.

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You can choose whatever you want to do on your one to one day. This is perhaps the best way to get a great foundation in woodturning if you are a newcomer or developing your skill or learning a new technique.

Maybe you want to learn bowl turning and sharpening. No problem. Or, perhaps you’d like to combine colouring and texturing. That’s no problem either. Or maybe you’d like to run over the absolute basics of bowl turning and spindle turning. You can add a second person to the day for £30.00 so long as they want to learn the same as you. This is perfect for couples or friends who want to take up the hobby together.

Whatever you choose, we can make it happen and you will go home with at least one completed item.

Your One to One Day Includes:

  • Timber
  • 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
  • 1-1 Tuition
  • PPE and Insurance
  • One 6 Month Full Workshop Membership (See below and HERE) worth £60.00

How To Book:

  • Add One additional person for an extra £30.00 if you wish;
  • Select a Green date in the calendar above;
  • Let me know what you would like to learn in the provided box;
  • Click on ‘Check Availability’;
  • On the CheckOut page, complete your details, then click on ‘Proceed to CheckOut’, then;
  • Click on ‘Request Confirmation’.

I’ll then check your requested date is available and send you a confirmation of the date and link to pay, or contact you with an alternative date.

After confirmation, you will receive a welcome pack with further information as well as health and safety considerations.

Please note that segmented turning is not a discipline available.

Workshop MembershipFREE 6 Month Workshop with this Course

When you book this full days tuition, you will also receive one 6 months 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.

Plus: Unlimited, bookable* lathe time including use of standard set of 6 Robert Sorby Tools, Up to 10% discount on all products on msabansmith.com, including tuition, Open days once a month on alternating Saturdays and Sundays** Demonstrations by Martin Saban-Smith and invited professional turners,** Opportunities to use the lathes and tools available in the workshop on open days, subject to availability, Technique advice and discussion on members days, Chances to demonstrate your own turning, Insurance for use of lathes at the workshop, Reference library of 20+ different turning books. See the main Workshop Membership page for further details.

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

10 reviews for Full Day Tailored Tuition

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Hi Martin, Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our day of tuition. Used our lathe a couple of days ago and felt more confident and relaxed – really noticed the difference.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Thompson

    I did a 1-to-1 day with Martin where we covered bowl turning. It was just a great day; I came away with so much it’s impossible to list it all here. Everything about the course was perfect, from the location to the tuition. Martin’s such an easy going chap, it’s more like spending time with a mate than having a lesson. Absolutely fantastic, if you’re considering having a lesson don’t hesitate, do it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike Howarth

    I did the 1-2-1 course in July, as a complete beginner to woodturning. It was an excellent experience and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Martin is a really good teacher and coach – he explained and demonstrated things well, he paced the course to my own progress and aptitude, and he struck a very good balance between flexibility and letting me discover and try things myself vs instructing me firmly when I was messing something up or doing a technique wrongly. He was very committed to ensuring that I completed one finished piece of work (a bowl) as close to his own very high standard of perfection as is possible for an amateur beginner. The workshop location, facilities, equipment, layout and setup are all excellent and help the learning experience. You will get that I enjoyed it enormously and will return for more!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Thomas

    I did the 1-1 beginners course with Martin and it was a great day. Learned a lot and felt confident that this would be a skill that I wanted to invest a lot more time in. The facilities were good, food was excellent.

    All of my questions were answered and I even managed to produce something half decent on the day.

    Would recommend to others.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Darren Wheatley

    I spent a 1-1 day with Martin to develop my basic Woodturning skills (I am a recent wood turner, and self-taught).

    Martin is a great teacher, instructive, patient, helpful, and a genuinely nice person.

    I throughly enjoyed my day, and learned a great deal. It has already improved both my skills and my understanding of how to safely use my lathe and tools.

    The workshop environment is great, open, light, with lovely views over the fields. The cows in the next field were lively!

    As one of the other reviewers mentioned, great food as well. 🙂

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Martin and his courses, I want to go back soon.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Colin Cunningham

    From feeling I can’t to knowing I can. That basically sums up my 1 to 1 day with Martin at the Black Dog Workshop.

    Martin’s very friendly and relaxed style of tutoring proved to be all I needed to prove to myself that my doubts about my skills were not justified, i just lacked the techniques needed to bring those skills to the surface.

    The piece I made during the lesson is something that before the lesson I would never have thought I could make, but it now sits proudly on my coffee table for everyone to see.

    I would seriously recommend a 1 to 1 full day session at the Black Dog Workshop for anyone either looking to start wood turning or improve on existing techniques.

    The day even came with a lovely serving of Mac & Cheese (other options available) at the half day break.

    Thanks Martin
    Well worth every penny.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian Jarvis

    I had a 1-2-1 with Martin as I wanted to sort out my tool sharpening on the Pro Edge which Martin did with ease. I also wanted to improve my bowl tool skills so that I could get a better finish with less sanding. I produced a 10 inch sycamore bowl, with Martin help this was made easy and we also managed to do coloring. It was a great day in a well appointed workshop and Martins teaching skills make you feel very welcome and at easy. Thanks Martin.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ligia Rodrigues

    I went back to the Black Dog Workshop on a one to one to recap on spindle turning as I find using the spindle gouge particularly difficult to get the grasp of, and at the same time do the Metal Reactive Paints Workshop. Martin was kind enough to merge these two workshops into a one-day 1-2-1 and I was able to turn 2 candle sticks colour and age them. I learnt the differences of how to apply the 3 different types of reactive paints and different styles to get different effects. A very informative workshop, and the Nova Comet Midi Lathes are very easy to use, so are the lathe-stations. A very well thought of workshop and extremely well organised.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ligia Rodrigues

    I returned for a second course – a bud vase course, this time I learnt how to use the spindle roughing gouge and the spindle gouge. I used a log which gave the bud vase a natural edge and this was a great introduction to creating pieces with natural edges, and I learnt how the piece feels when sanding if the area isn’t smooth (as with a natural edge!). I also learnt how to turn using a tenon, how to use the drill chuck properly as many other things such as why I should make the neck of the vase larger than the glass test tube. Another brilliant day with lots of knowledge gained. Thank you Martin.

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