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Woodturning Workshop (Saturday)

Museum of Making16 November 2024

About this course: 

Steve Smith learnt woodturning as an engineering patternmaker working in the foundry industry, but has used his lathe skills more generally in making bespoke furniture and for the creation of utilitarian domestic objects such as food bowls, rolling pins, platters or small circular boxes.

On this one-day introductory course, Steve, Museum of Making Workshop Manager will teach participants the rudiments of tool use and selection – scrapers, gouges and parting tools – and explain the differences between ‘face plate’- chuck work and spindle turning ‘working between centres’.

The day course is designed as a hands-on project-based course on which students get to make and take home 2-3 small pieces of turning.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those with some woodworking experience. Participants must be aged 18 and over.

The course is limited to a maximum of two people to ensure participants are fully supported.

Do I need to bring anything?

Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and strong closed-toe shoes (steel toecaps are preferable). Woodworking materials will be provided and individual pieces made from a selection of suitable hardwoods.

Lunch is available to purchase from The River Kitchen at the Museum of Making or various eateries and shops in the city centre.

How to book:

Tickets are priced at £75.00 per person. Derby Museums Friends & Members are eligible for 10% discount.

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If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending this course please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing

Course booking terms and conditions:

Please note that if you choose to cancel your place your ticket price will be refunded minus the Ticketsource service fee. Your total refund is dependent on the number of days notice given:
– A minimum of 7 days before the event – full refund – minus TicketSource fee
– 6 – 3 days before event – 50% refund minus TicketSource fee
– 2 days before event – no refund
In the event that Derby Museums needs to cancel a workshop, your ticket will be refunded in full.

Image: Kate Lowe Photography

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