Peter Child was the first to offer the idea of a two day residential woodturning course back in 1963. It quickly became hugely popular with hundreds of enthusiastic pupils arriving in Little Yeldham from all over the world.
The present day course, given by Peter's son Christopher, follows the original formulae. Courses run in the week only, either on a Monday and Tuesday or on a Wednesday and Thursday. Chris does not run weekend courses. Beginners are gently placed in the deep end with the bowl gouge and almost all see a finished bowl at the end of the first day.
The second day covers everything else including spindle turning, tools and sharpening, timber and seasoning, drilling and chuck work, polishing and finishing.
The course can be flexible as there is 100% access to the lathes and Chris will only take two or three people at a time. If a pupil wants a more advanced course or wants to specialize in making only dolls house furniture, bagpipes or even prototype wind generators there is no problem - we have seen them all over the last 30 years of teaching! Beginners or intermediate, young or old, are all very welcome.
The workshop is purpose built, spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The location is relaxed and rural, being in the very heart of East Anglia. Chris will book comfortable accommodation nearby for yourself and your companions if you ask. Tools and materials are provided but accommodation would be extra. Start time is 9 a.m. each day.
Christopher will fix dates for courses as he goes along so if you ring him on 01787 237291 or email, he will ask when you would like to come or he will try to fit you in with others who have booked previously.
The £185 is for a voucher supplied by us but it must be stressed that Christopher Child runs his own business here alongside Peter Child Woodturning and you are encouraged to save £5 by contacting Chris direct on 01787 237291 rather than by paying here.