Angus Clyne Woodturning
Angus Clyne Turning  

 

Tuition

Woodturning lessons

I am first and foremost a professional woodturner making my living from the work I sell. At certain times of the year, usually from late autumn through winter into early spring I have some spare time from making and I am able to offer turning tuition in my fully equipped woodturning workshop. This is no secrets tuition using the tools, techniques and equipment I use every day. The goal is for you to learn new skills safely in a relaxed and friendly environment. While it is extremely likely that you will go home with finished work that you are immensely proud off I will not unnecessarily guide you through a piece of work to completion.

All courses are held from 9am till 5pm. I supply everything you will need during the day including tools and wood. I also supply safety equipment including a woodturning smock, dust mask (if needed) and visor. We stop regularly for tea and coffee during the day and usually go next door to a cafe for lunch. My workshop and gallery is in a converted blacksmith shop. It is wood lined, warm, bright and comfortable.

In my workshop I have two VB36 bowl turning lathes a Short Bed Graduate bowl lathe and Wadkin long bed lathe. All turning is undertaken using green wet wood. Techniques used for green woodworking and dry woods are much the same and can easily be transferred to dry woodturning in your own workshop.

If you are serious about taking up woodturning as a hobby or even think about becoming a professional I would recommend you do the three or five day course. The repetition of certain subjects as well as the extra time spent turning means you will learn real skills that you can go on to develop by yourself.

1 Day Lessons for two or three students
£150 per person


Minimum two maximum three students. Please email me for available dates and I will arrange for another person to do the day with you.

The one-day course is offered as an introduction to woodturning and is for those who have very limited experience or have never turned before. If you wish to learn some real skills please do the three or five course. It is not possible to learn to turn in one day.

On a one day courses we will typically cover aspects of spindle work as well as bowl turning, this will normally include;
An introduction to the workshop, lathe and tools.
An explanation of the do’s and don’ts and how to work safely.
The design and function of turned work.
Choosing and using suitable wood.
Lathe work and how to turn wood the easy way without tears and catches.
How to stand at the lathe and how your movements affect the cuts you make.
Some sanding techniques.
Impartial advice on buying, lathes, tools and wood.

There is a lot to cover in one day so to maximise your time turning I do most of the off lathe work, preparing and chucking wood, sharpening of gouges etc. You will spend most of the time turning at the lathe. If you have tools of you own please bring them along and I will have a look at them and if necessary re-sharpen them for you. It is likely that you will go home with a simple bowl at the end of the day.

3 day courses for two to three students
£450 per person

Minimum two maximum three students. Please email me for available dates and I will arrange for another person to do the day with you.

The three-day course is equally suited to complete beginners as well as to the more experienced turner. It is similar in structure to a one-day course but is more in depth and comprehensive covering spindle work, bowls and natural edged bowls using green wood. It will give you a good understanding of the craft of woodturning. The extra time spent on some subjects combined with the repetition of others means much more information is learnt and retained by the student. The aim of three day course is not for you to produce amazing finished work but to learn real skills that you can go on to develop by yourself.

Depending on the students, over the three days we would typically cover:
Preparing and choosing wood.
Design and how to see the shape of finished work in the wood before you start.
Mounting wood on the lathe safely between centres as well as with faceplates and chucks.
Freehand tool sharpening. Understanding wood and tools to produce smooth clean cuts. Correct stance/posture and good body movement at the lathe to produce the flowing curves and shapes you want with minimum effort and sanding.
Processing wood, drying wood, turning and drying bowls and how to remount part turned dry bowls.
Wet turning and finishing green wood and natural edged bowls.
Power sanding, hand sanding polishing and finishing work.Impartial advice on buying lathes and tools and how to get good wood inexpensively.
Again please bring any tools you are having problems with and I will have a look at them. 

Five day natural edged bowl and hollow form course for two to three students
£840 per person

Minimum two maximum three students. Please email me for available dates and I will arrange for another person to do the day with you.

The five-day course has the same basic structure of the three-day course but is more in depth focusing on producing finished work of a higher quality. 9am start but if needed students can stay longer every day to complete work.

The five-day course is more expensive on a daily rate that the three-day courses to cover the cost of wood, sanding and possible later finishing times.The five-day course is equally suited to complete beginners as well as to the more experienced turner. It is similar in structure to three-day course initially covering spindle work, bowls and natural edged bowls using green wood but we then move on to more advanced turning techniques to produce vases and hollow forms.

Over the five days we would cover;
Preparing and choosing wood.
Design and how to see the shape of finished work in the wood before you start.
Mounting wood on the lathe safely between centres as well as with faceplates and chucks to produce work with no evidence of being held on the lathe.
Freehand tool sharpening.
Understanding wood and tools to produce smooth clean cuts with good body movement to produce the flowing curves and shapes you want with minimum effort and sanding.
Processing and drying wood and bowls and how to remount part turned dry bowls. Wet turning to produce sanded natural edged bowls, vases and hollow forms.
Power sanding, hand sanding, polishing and finishing work.
Tool design and how to make your own or adapt shop bought tools to produce larger more complex work. I have a large selection of turning and hollowing tools, both shop bought and blacksmith made, for you to try.
Impartial advice on buying lathes and tools.
Again please bring any tools you are having problems with and I will have a look at them.

Gift certificates
Gift vouchers are available for one and three day courses and are valid for one year, please call or contact me by email for details.
Or they can be purchased here

Accommodation & directions
My workshop and gallery is situated just off the A9 in Ballinluig Perthshire an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh. If you are coming from the south leave the A9 at the Ballinluig junction and head towards the services I am first left after the post office. From the north I am first on the right when you leave the A9.

There is accommodation available nearby in Pitlochry, Dunkeld & Birnam. There is plenty to do in the local area for spouses or travelling companions.

angusclyne@hotmail.com
Tel: 07775811280

Feedback from a former student through a third party.
"Angus was a tremendous tutor.
His informal, quiet, patient, approach with the pupil spending 95% of the time at the lathe was a real break from work and I was totally engrossed in the piece of work he helped me with.
I will be back when I have worked away a while on my own.
My wife and daughters visited his workshop and enjoyed looking at his work. They bought a few small pieces and would also return if I came (potential clients?).
My only disappointment was that I didn't have enough time and I will probably rectify this next time.
I really did enjoy the feeling of progress as I was guided by Angus and will try to make suggestions but must emphasize that it was a great success.
I struggle to think of improvements and can only suggest that woodturners are encouraged to think of the type and scale of project they could contemplate.
An indication from Angus as to the nature and difficulty of various projects and skills he could lead the pupil through might help.
I was absolutely delighted with what he showed me, taught me and got me to do".

Tony Wilson
 

 

 

 
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