Many of our members offer training courses for those new to turning, intermediate turners and also for more experienced turners looking for specialised tuition. All our tutors have many hours of hands-on experience delivering professionally structured courses in well equipped workshops, with an emphasis on health and safety, and where you can be assured you will receive top class tuition individually tailored to your requirements and ability.
If you’re a beginner or wish to learn new woodturning techniques our members can offer training in every aspect of woodturning.
When you book a training session with an RPT member, you can be certain that you will receive top quality tuition from a highly skilled turner who has years of woodturning and teaching experience.
Below are all the registered professional turners who offer a teaching service, randomly ordered. Click their name to view the complete details, or use the ‘Show Bio’ or ‘Show Map’ links for a quick view.
Joe became the youngest approved tutor at 16 years and in 2019 was awarded The Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary. He then went on to be recognised by The Register of Professional Turners and his artwork is now in high demand by investors and collectors alike. Private tuition is available at his workshop in Dorset by appointment. Follow the link to his website for details.
Sue, who lives in Bridlington on the East Yorkshire Coast, took up woodturning as a hobby in 2000 after buying her Husband (also a Registered Professional Turner) a lathe. Whilst supporting Graham in his hobby, she was encouraged to “have a go” and was soon captivated by the wonderful qualities to be found in our native timbers and the endless possibilities available to the holder of the tools. After joining two woodturning clubs Sue started to enter woodturning competitions, both locally and nationally, with great success, After taking voluntary redundancy from the Civil Service in 2006, Sue had the opportunity to focus on becoming a self-employed woodturner. In January 2007 She was accepted on to the Register of Professional Turners, run by the Worshipful Company of Turners in London. In the same year the Worshipful Company of Turners awarded Sue a Bursary. Sue now teaches woodturning, delivers interactive remote demonstrations via zoom, writes for Woodturning Magazine and has produced five instructional DVD’s, and her open segment jigs which are selling worldwide. Sue also enjoys the freedom to explore the creative side of woodturning and takes great pleasure from seeing her works evolve with the addition of colour, texture and piercing.
I am Viv Broughton and my passion is making sawdust and shavings! I have been turning for around 30 years, the last 10 years of which I have taken my craft beyond hobbyist level.
In 2013 I opened a small wood turning studio in Wilton where I made, exhibited and sold my turnings. After some 3 years I retreated back to my shed in the garden in Hampshire to reduce overheads, making pieces to sell at craft fairs and exhibitions. I love taking on commissions especially unusual pieces, creating that bespoke piece. I often exhibit as part of a group of artists known as The Creatives around Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.
With a background in printing and graphic design my ethos is to keep shapes well proportioned and simple and I endeavour to exploit my keen eye for detail. I adore the natural beauty of wood, the grain, the colour, the smells, the tactility and textures of different species of timber. I enjoy embellishing some of my turned forms with Pewter which complements the natural wood. In the last few years I have developed my own style of carving Nautilus type wooden segmented shells, inspired by Steve Garrison.
I have been a member of Test Valley Turners since 2015 and I became a Registered Professional Turner in January 2022.
Darren works from his premises in Lowestoft’s historic High Street in Suffolk, a stones throw from the UK’s most easterly point. His shop offers a wide range of tools and finishes, some timber and a selection of his own work alongside works by a select few other turners. He is on the demonstrator circuit, both in-person or via IRD’s, and offers 1 to 1 tuition from complete beginners to the more experienced. He has 3 lathes in the workshop, a VB36, a Wadkin RS8, and a Magma 175FU so can cater for most requirements. His passion is for large scale turned, coloured and textured wall hangings, but also turns everything and anything. He is building up a reputation of being the ‘go to man’ in the town, for anything turned, alongside commission work, furniture repairs and restoration, and with years of experience in building and engineering, what he cannot do he knows someone who can. He was recently commissioned to make a Ceremonial Mace for the University of Suffolk with a bespoke display cabinet, and has designed and created various commemorative plaques and other items for the local councils.
I remember being in my Uncle’s workshop, I was around 8 years old, clamping a drill into a vice with a small piece of wood in the chuck, sharpening a screwdriver on a grinder and turning finials…… You’ll be please to know my methods have improved! Ever since that day, I’ve been fascinated with wood. Wood is tactile. It smells good. It looks good. It feels good. It’s amazing what you can do with a beautifully grained piece of wood – turning it into masterpiece that can sit proudly in your home. In 2010 I started to take my turning more seriously and undertook extensive formal training with world-renowned turners and in 2015 I decided to have a change of lifestyle and career from Civil Engineering to full-time Woodturner. I opened a purpose built workshop and now, my greatest pleasure is keeping the craft of woodturning alive – both through my own projects and through teaching others how to turn, passing on my knowledge and enthusiasm. I’m a fully qualified woodturning tutor, trained and certified by the AWGB, of which, I’m also the regional representative for Scotland. I’ve always loved design, having an eye for what looks good and why, and I bring this to every woodturning project I do. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to spend a lot of time training with world class turner Tracy Owen and with Master Turner Stuart Mortimer. My work is varied, covering most styles of turning, from functional items such as bowls, platters and pens, to decorative and artwork including hollow forms, goblets, boxes and spiral work. I enjoy working with texture, colour and sandblasting, sometimes combining some or all of these. I’m very fortunate to be able to follow a passion I love and work from home, family life is very important to me and having this balance is truly amazing.
Woodturner, author and tutor based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. I like to incorporate colour in some of what I do and over the years have tried a wide variety of techniques and surface decorations. Courses take place in my workshop in the Forest of Dean. More information can be found on my “Woodturning for Woodturners” website. I sell my work through exhibitions, galleries and direct on my website. I also do commissions and commercial orders.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Phil’s first introduction to woodturning came at the age of 13 when his father acquired an 1870s American cast iron child’s treadle lathe. Woodturning became aserious hobby in his late 20’s and after a six year spell in the travel industry, he took the decision become a professional woodturner in 1994. His knowledge and appreciation of English timbers was initially gained from working as a tree surgeon/forester for several years.
Phil is the author the best selling project book “Woodturning :Two in One” . The bookhas been translated into 9 languages and to date, is the only English language woodturning project book to have been translated into Italian.
He is best known for his vessels and hollow forms with clear, fluid shapes and flowing lines. He uses contemporary coloured dyes to enhance hidden figure in pale woods, mostly sourced from tree surgeons and firewood merchants.
With the addition of threaded lids, his vessels lend themselves to becoming urns. He specialises in these beautiful functional pieces and they are highly sought all over the world. Phil describes his urns as “functional art” that can be displayed whether they contain ashes or not. “It is a huge honour that people want to keep the ashes of their loved one in a piece of my artwork.”
He is a past president of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain and a member of the American Association of Woodturners.
He lives in Warwickshire, UK with his wife Cristina, Cirrus, a Pharaoh Hound and Lola a Cockerpoo .
Inroduced to Woodturning in January 1990 and until 2017 worked from a Workshop Unit at the historic Fairground site just outside Andover but now working from a purpose built Workshop/Studio based at our home. Since 2004 have specialised in creating ‘Handcrafted Pens of Distinction’ ( approx 90% crafting Pens 10% General Woodturning). I teach the craft of Pen Turning to a maximum of 2 stydents at a time. As a result a number of students have themselves become Woodturners. Recently a student returned for an additional lesson as he wished to make a Pen to be used as a Wedding Proposal!! ( The nib holder was engraved “Will You Marry Me” the young ladies response was YES)
I sell at various quality Gift Shows from my website and Facebook page.
I initially trained in 3D design and for many years specialised in the design and manufacture of hand blown glass vessels and panels and large ceramic tile installations, for both private and commercial clients. Six years ago, I was given a lathe by a friend and that was the start of my passion for making in wood. Using mainly English native ‘green’ (recently felled) timber, my distinctive decorative vessels curve from a small footprint to beautiful, impressive objects with wide edges. They are usually rich in texture created with pyrography and carving, often embellished with acrylic colour and silver leaf. In 2015 I was the recipient of a Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners which enabled me to spend time working with Jacques Vesery, it was an amazing opportunity. That year I was also invited to participate in the UK Crafts Council ‘Hothouse’ scheme for emerging makers and this prompted me to decide to become a full-time maker in wood. My distinctive work is exported worldwide and has featured in many exhibitions in Europe, USA, the Middle East and Asia. It can be found in several private collections, numerous galleries and luxury homes and mansions and is becoming a firm favourite of interior designers. Bespoke pieces have also been commissioned for prestigious sporting events and corporate collections.
I started turning 1n 1980 not long after completing a 3 year apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. I bought a coronet elf along with a one day beginners course with Alan Batty , from that day on I was hooked and turning has been a part of my every day life since . I started my own business in 1996 as a production turner /furniture maker supplied other businesses with table legs ,stair spindles, newel posts, drawer knobs a whole manner of things . I also enjoyed making craft items for sale at craft fairs and country shows .More recently I have started teaching and demonstrating and I am looking forward to developing this side of my business along side my production turning. you can always be assured of a warm welcome and a passionate interest in all genre of turning.
Having practised as a turner since 1991, Gregory was invited to join the Register of Professional Turners, held by the Worshipful Company of Turners, in 1996. Acceptance onto the register is by invitation only following assessment by a panel of peers who ensure that the highest standards of work and professionalism are met. It is the only professional body in the UK and enjoys a world wide reputation. Gregory was privileged to be invited to address the Company at a number of meetings, and for many served on the committee as membership secretary.
Gregory was featured in the first ‘Diary of a Craft Worker’ series published by the “Craftsman Magazine” in 1997-8 and has been profiled in “Woodturning” magazine. He as also been invited to act on a consultative committee by Channel 4, for a documentary about woodturning.
Gregory specialises in the unique, and welcomes challenge. His more unusual work has included making replacement pieces for antique instruments; willow-workers’ tools; bespoke instruments for reflexology crafted to each individual practitioner; tables made from tree slices and forms for potters and designers. He has even fulfilled a commission to make a bedroom sink. He has collaborated with an unconventional silversmith to create spectacular silvered forms in petrified wood. He also turns unique bowls, platters, vases and display pieces.
Gregory draws inspiration from the individuality of wood and it is very important to him that each piece grows from the grain and inclusions unique to each piece of timber. As a result no two pieces are identical. Furthermore he holds to a strict ecological policy. No timber where the provenance cannot be guaranteed will be used. Enquiries are welcome, and each uniquely numbered piece has a story. Most timbers come from the UK or Australia and are often reclaimed or recycled.
Currently Gregory has a piece selected from the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain 2018 Instant Gallery and it is being used as part of their national display. He also has a piece in the ‘Daniel Collection’, one of the most important British collections of turned work.
Gregory exhibits internationally at select galleries, respected craft fairs as well as the internet. He has been highly placed in several competitions within the woodturning world and has pieces accepted for the nationwide display circuit.
A previous coordinator for the National Festival of Art and Craft in Wood, Gregory offers individual tuition, demonstrations and lectures, both to interested amateurs and other professionals. For an up to date list of venues where Gregory and/or his work can been seen please contact him direct.
I have been a working with wood for most of my adult life. I became a professional turner in about 1981 and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in 2009. I became the Chairman of the RPT in 2016 stepping down from the role in 2021. I was made a freeman of the Worshipful company of Turners of London in November 2020 I am a qualified adult educator and work from home. Apart from working in wood I also carry out repairs to antique chess pieces using bone. As an experienced turner I can turn my hand to most aspects of the craft. I work 7 days a week.
Les left a career in special needs teaching in January 2015, to pursue a life-long interest in working with wood, by developing his hobby of woodturning, which he had commenced just 2 years earlier.
He is based in the town of Bala, in the Snowdonia National Park where he has his principal workshop and where he sources most of his raw materials. Whilst he is content to make functional, utilitarian pieces, Les prefers to work with storm-damaged and weathered timber, incorporating materials such as leather, copper, silver and semi-precious stones into his work. Les’s work has been included in both the on-line gallery and in the printed newsletter of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, and he has had the honour of having more than 20 of his more artistic pieces declared ‘Woodturning of the Week’ by an international woodturners’ web-site. and his work has been exhibited in galleries and arts centres throughout north Wales.
In March of 2015, upon setting up his business, Les set himself the goal of developing his wood-turning skills to a sufficiently high level to be accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners, and he gained this accolade in February 2016, becoming one of only four registered woodturners then working in Wales.
With a first-class honours degree in Education and Training, and with years of experience in adult education, a natural progression of Les’s work is the tutoring and demonstrating that he commenced in 2017 and which has since become a major element in his woodturning business. Since 2018 Les has been a regular feature writer for the world-famous “Woodturning” magazine, which is published by The Guild of Master Craftsmen – GMC Publications. Primarily Les writes articles of a practical, project-based nature, but also occasionally articles of technical content.
I have been woodturning for about 31 years and sell my work through select galleries and the National Trust.
I am also proud to have been given the job of Editor of the internationally renowned Magazine Woodturning which I held for two years. I have written regularly for this and other magazines.
I have demonstrated the craft of woodturning in USA, New Zealand and throughout Europe.
I enjoy teaching my craft to beginners and can offer useful advice to the more experienced turner. I run woodturning courses both in my own workshop in Devon and at West Dean College in West Sussex. If you want more information about my woodturning courses and the tuition I give, please contact me
Joey Richardson is an English artist known for her delicate wood forms. Born in Lincolnshire England, she grew up in the heart of Twigmoor Woods on a small farm. Here, the magnificent trees subliminally rooted within her a deep love for the woodland and she began turning and carving reclaimed local timber.
In 2005 a Worshipful Company of Turners bursary and seven years later a Scholarship from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and Carpenters Company, funded development studies in America. Her MA in Fine Art (University of Lincoln 2018) augmented her craft skills with a theoretical depth born of intense inquiry through extensive research. There is often an autobiographical element in her work which has strong links to the history of the place and the origin of material. Joey’s practice investigates the emotional and symbiotic relationship humans have with trees. She often incorporates mixed media, transposing the material to add another layer of conceptual reasoning.
Her sculptures are held in numerous permanent and private collections. Inspiring others, Joey lecturers and demonstrates her techniques globally. She has been awarded the prestigious QEST Award of Excellence (2015) and made a court assistant of the Turners Company. (2018).
Colin has been working with wood for over 35 years. Wood turning is a integral part of my career – working in wood – Furniture, Turning, Letter carving and a select number of wood turning courses. Whether a piece of treen, a turned component on a piece of furniture or using the “practice” of turning to enable a jig to be made on a complex furniture design. As well as everyday small batch turned treen, Colin has a particular interest in geometrical sculptural shaped pieces using the natural beauty of timber, but in addition understanding the selection of timber for such pieces. In addition to this the use of colour to pronounce grain formations using traditional techniques when time permits.
Most of Colin’s designed individual pieces are made to commission, with the majority involving some turning. (This includes public, private and ecclesiastical work)
In addition to commissioned pieces, Colin sells his work from his workshop/showroom by appointment, through the Surrey Guild gallery in Milford (Surrey) and some of the Sussex Guild exhibitions. (others listed on my website).
Colin also runs a limited number of turning courses every year……….
A recent commission as lead collaborator, was part of a four craftspeople job. A new Crosier for The Bishop of Stepney (London) in Laburnum, with Stainless Steel connectors. A Pewter Crosier Head with an Anodised Kingfisher and an embossed leather carrying case.
Other notable commissions in the past have included – Offertory Bowls for Portsmouth Cathedral, Turned Components for the Lord Chancellors apartments, Turned components on Choir stalls and a Thurible Stand (Ecclesiastical) (both part of larger commissions made within the workshop)
Colin mainly uses local timber for his pieces but occasionally does use exotic timbers because of their pure colours that emphasise the turned or sculptural form.
You are welcome to come to my workshop to view products and discuss commissions – however this is strictly by appointment.
I enjoy the whole process of making each piece, it is what being a maker is all about. Yes, I love the feeling of completion but it’s the journey too. My degree is 3Dimensional Art & Design, wood, metal & plastics. On year 2 of my course i started sticking materials together, this is where I developed my ideas of lamination, but it was when I discovered the coloured veneers that the fun of turning began for me. From the sketch book, pencils and paints, the idea develops, then the prototype, the stripes. Making up my laminated blocks using wood, veneers and glue, it all looks pretty messy until it goes on the lathe and I begin to turn the piece, then I stop the lathe and there are the stripes, so crisp and bright, it’s a great feeling! I make many functional pieces using my laminated blocks of wood. Each design has it’s own configuration of lines and they all have stripes somewhere; Bowls, lidded pots, hollow pots with striped finials. Functional items; corkscrews and bottle stoppers, cheese and butter knifes, cheese boards, salt and pepper mills. And to wear; necklaces, earrings, cufflinks. I make items to order and by commission.
To see more work please visit: carlynlindsay.co.uk
Based at Porchfield Business Park near Newport on the Isle of Wight, The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery was started in March 2013 by Andy Fortune.
Andy had been a hobby wood turner since 1997 with the purchase of his first lathe and later started his full-time wood turning business with the help and support of his wife, Nikki.
Andy has many years of experience and specialises in making bowls, platters and hollow forms from locally sourced timber from the Isle of Wight but can also offer specialist bespoke turning services for most types of turning.
Many of Andy’s one-off signature pieces are laced with leather or copper wire in the style of the Japanese philosophy of ‘Wabi-Sabi’ and are made from individually selected pieces of timber sourced on the island.
Andy sells his own unique hand crafted turnery, takes commissions, and sells direct to the public at the Mulberry Tree Woodturnery workshop where he also provides his 5* rated beginner and intermediate bowl turning courses for individuals or groups of up to four people.
Andy is an active member of the Wight Woodturners which meets twice monthly in Newport. (www.wightwoodturners.org.uk)
The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery is the main Isle of Wight agents for Record Power tools and equipment, Robert Sorby, Chestnut Finishing Products and Hampshire Sheen.
With the recent addition of a horizontal sawmill Andy is now able to process locally sourced trees which he converts into boards and bowl blanks to retail to local woodworkers, hobbyists and the building trade.
Robert at Kraftinwood has a spacious fully equipped workshop including a VB36 as well as two other lathes, a 181″ bandsaw and a fully ducted cyclone dust extraction system as well as many tools and cutters ~ up to 2 metres+ in length !!. Robert teaches wood turning to beginners through to seasoned turners wishing to enhance their skills and try out various techniques and aspire to learn about creative design rather than just turning wood. Robert also stocks turning blanks, Hamlet and Hope tools.
Kraft Village also has a large contemporary Public Art gallery of various artists work in a range of mixed mediums, here you will normally see over 500 of Roberts exquisite turned and carved pieces on display and for sale.
You will also at Kraft Village Chair Making Museum CIC usually see Robert giving a guided tour which includes everything about the wonderful Heritage of chair making in the area including a demonstration on the shave horse, pole and treadle lathes of how the Bodgers made the round parts to produce 4,700 Windsor chairs a day !!! (at its peak in 1875).
The first time of placing gouge on timber conjured a very visceral response – a feeling of being home. This, however, happened some 25 years ago, during years living in New Zealand, eleven and a half thousand miles away from home.
The immediacy and spontaneity of shaping timber on a lathe became such a joy and so captivating; the relationship with the timber, process and the lathe never failed to create inner peace.
My early work was driven by a desire to perfect technique. Consequently, this created a diverse range of work and skills. Latterly, my work is more considered, but never loosing that sense of humour I impart to some of my work.
Woodturning and designing on the lathe with its creative possibilities continue to enthral and my fascination with the medium keeps me driven to find the perfect curve; for some artists the process is not important. For me however, it is one part of the whole. Whatever I create, the search for perfect form and sensuous curve is paramount.