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.
After completing a 3yr course studying Art & 3D Design I decided to set up my workshop at my home in Brayford a small village which ;ies on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Being surrounded by the wild beauty of Exmoor and the rugged coastline of North Devon it is not hard to find inspiration.
The sea features greatly within my work using water based dyes which I mix and blend for my coloured pieces. I like to keep materials as natural as possible and source where possible wood which has grown in or around Exmoor with the exception that I am given wood from other localities. I mainly use Ash as my preferred choice although Sycamore, beech and sometimes Oak as they are more readily available. Working with the grain, type of wood and any interesting feature the wood may reveal makes each piece unique and I feel very privileged to be the first person to see “Beneath the Bark”, for me this form of recycling continues to be an inspiration.
I like to keep my work simple and minimalist as possible creating flowing curves which are visually appealing and pleasing to the touch. Having exhibited in galleries throughout the UK I have been privileged to be awarded silver in The Craft and Design on line selected awards whilst also taking part in exhibitions at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey.
Working with wood and woodturning has always been an important part of my life and although it was not my main career it remained an integral part of my leisure time and I took every chance to increase my skills. In 2001 I decided to immerse myself in woodturning as a full time business.
The woods I use are almost entirely from recycled and sustainable sources. Some have been rescued from the log pile or from local orchards, farms and gardens. Inspired by organic forms and natural surroundings I allow the beauty of the wood to suggest the shape and purpose of the piece.
I take commissions for special items and offer 1 to 1 tuition at my workshop in Long Sutton, Nr Langport, Somerset.
I am a Registered Professional Turner, a member of The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.
I first discovered the pleasure for creating with wood when I attended an evening course at a Women’s Workshop in Bristol, in the mid 1980’s. My tutor persuaded me that I had a natural affinity to both working with wood and teaching (she encouraging me to show others in the group the skills I had advanced further forward with).
Consequently I went onto study Fine Furniture and Woodmachining both to Advanced City & Guilds levels. Whilst learning I taught on the course I had started with myself, and also provided courses for charity the specialised in provision of craft courses for vulnerable adults.
Whilst attending my furniture studies I enjoyed producing woodturned components for pieces of furniture, gaining confidence with copy turning and making items that reflected drawn designs for drawer handles, table legs, etc.
I discovered Max Carey’s workshop in Portishead in 2002, which later became the Max Carey Woodturning Trust and for which I am a trustee. My woodturning skills and passion for turning advanced quickly here and my teaching provision evolved to become more about woodturning rather than furniture.
I now make my living almost purely from my self employed business providing woodturning tuition, to mainly adults, and occasional demonstrations when I am able fit them in around my regular courses.
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.