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 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.
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.