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.
Martin is a well known YouTubing woodturner with an internationally known and respected channel with around 200 turning and business oriented videos freely available. He has recently expanded his online presence by presenting online free, and paid-for demonstrations on his YouTube channel and through Zoom.
By using the technology on-hand, he was at the forefront of the rapidly growing popularity of remote demonstrations during the Coronavirus pandemic, presenting to a global audience for free regularly between March and August 2020. Turning clubs all over the UK, USA and Canada have since enjoyed remote presentations and Martin’s entertaining and informative method of demonstrating. In the autumn of 2015, Martin started developing the popular range of Hampshire Sheen finishes that now includes a range of waxes, oils, sealer and lacquers. From there, he began blending his own range of water based colours in shades that he prefers – the Intrinsic Colour Collection and produced by Hampshire Sheen.This range of atmospheric shades are different to the other brighter colours on the market.
Now employing two further staff, Hampshire Sheen products are available all over the UK, and are exported to Europe, the US, Canada and South Africa. During lockdown in 2020, Martin founded ‘Woodturning360’, a solely online turning club that features monthly demonstrations from professional turners from around the world and discussion meetings. The club currently enjoys a growing membership of over 160 members. From August 2020, Martin teamed up with the well known Les Thorne and together they founded ‘The Woodturning Shop’ based next-door to Hampshire Sheen. It is a retail shop selling turning supplies and busy learning centre where they both teach lessons on a variety of disciplines for groups and individuals. They both present remote demonstrations from here, too.
A member of the RPT since 2017, Martin sits on the committee as the Webmaster.
Martin’s own turning is more artistic rather than practical. The making of many of his pieces can be found on his YouTube channel, as well as for sale on his website, or at The Woodturning Shop. A keen teacher of woodturning and creative skills, Martin’s students complete their lessons with finished items and a unique insight in the creative process. They leave encouraged and inspired to pursue their woodturning hobby to the best of their ability.
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
Having retired from the army in 2017 after 33 years in the Royal Artillery, I was able to return to a hobby I first started at school, but had never had the time to pursue properly. I was hugely fortunate to train under the internationally acclaimed Master Turner, Stuart Mortimer, whose support and encouragement steered me to become a full time turner in 2018. I turned professional in 2019 with the launch of Butterwood and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in September the same year. I am a regular at the Salisbury Arts Scene events, am a member of the Artful Collective and have exhibited in several local galleries and art events.
With a passion for all wood, I initially concentrated on segmented designs that make the most of the huge variety of colour and grain found in both domestic and exotic hardwoods. However, with so many aspects to wood turning, I am continually trying different techniques in order to expand my repertoire. Currently I am working on a series of bowls inspired by garden flowers that have started me down the carving route and I have been very lucky to enter into a collaboration with a local jeweller, Monica Wilson, who is producing a series of insects in Sterling Silver for me to incorporate into my pieces.
I undertake commissions and like to include my clients in every step from design to production. This has frequently including the use of a clients own wood, especially where the tree had sentimental value. I am also very keen to share my love of turning and offer instruction and taster days at my workshop in the beautiful Avon Valley using locally sourced timber.