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.
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.
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.
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.
I started Woodturning at school and carried on into my teens. I started again some years later and turned professional in 1993. Since then, I have demonstrated at clubs and exhibitions all over the country.
I supply Chestnut Products, Record Power and Crown Tools.
Woodturning courses are available for half day, 1, 2 or 3 days for beginners, intermediate or advanced turners on a one to one basis at competitive rates.
I have been wood turning for 45 years and professionally 33years. My work is influenced by Japanese architecture and sculptures such as Barbara Hepworth and David Nash, using woods such as sycamore, ash together combining different burrs for inlays. I sell my work through galleries throughout the UK and with this experience enjoy teaching in my workshop plus giving demonstrations to different association’s.
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, demonstrates all over the country, 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. More recently Sue has ventured into delivering Interactive Remote Demonstrations.
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.
I served in Her Majesty’s Grenadier Guards Band from the age of 15 to 25 traveling the world and making lots of noise as a tuba player. For the next couple of years I tried working in a hospital and training as a driving instructor. I then then found my true vocation when I worked for a builder friend who trained me up as a General builder at the age of 27 and I have been running my own business until the present time.
I started woodturning in 2010 and found it an easy change. My practical use of timber and carpentry tools and my attention to detail from my Army days where a great help to me.
I was encouraged by club members to demonstrate to my woodturning club in 2017 and finaly started demonstrating to other clubs in February 2019. I like to demonstrate things that are different to the normal things that you see and add a little fun at the same time. I also love meeting with other turners and often find that I learn as much from them as they do from me.
I have had some success with turning for competition and love to make things that are out of the usual, often not knowing if they are even possible.
Began turning in 1990 with ornamental pieces, added production hand turning in 1993. Predominantly do ecclesiastical and restoration work now, but happy to look at a range of turned requirements from one offs to small and large production runs. Can incorporate e.g. fluted sections to turned pieces, working from your designs, or can offer a design and produce service in a range of timbers with a maximum spindle length of 2.4m and faceplate work of up to 0.6m diameter.
Phil Jones has a lifetime of experience in woodturning and has a wide range of experience to fall back on, whether you require a one-off item or a production run of turned items whether copy turned on a copy lathe for mass production or as is often required hand turned. The picture is of a set of African Blackwood door handles which are finished to a very high standard whether you require a small antique replacement part or a run of chair back sticks Phil is likely to have completed them previously.
Phil was taught by time served woodturners in an informal apprenticeship and has also worked in other woodturning establishments before starting Acorn woodturning Ltd in 1988 although it was initially as a sole trader rather than Ltd. He also offers woodturning lessons in a well-equipped traditional woodturning workshop with all the tools and safety equipment provided. The workshop has dust extraction and ambient air filters, tools and lathes, and a plentiful supply of timber, just waiting to be turned into shavings and of course a completed item.