Graham Turner


Wood Turner situated in the New Forest, Sway, Hampshire.


Wood Turning Tuition Reviews Collected via the Craft Courses website:


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​I booked a day woodturning with Graham for my Dad's 70th birthday present and we had a wonderful time! Graham is very friendly, supportive and a good teacher. He gave us just the right amount of instruction and we had so much practical making time. We both made a candle stick and a bowl which looked far more professional than we could have imagined. The studio you work in is lovely and warm thanks to a little wood burning stove and the equipment you use is good quality. We were given lots of safety equipment too. Lunch was a lovely bowl of soup with lots of fresh bread. We were made very welcome by Graham, his wife (who kindly showed us around her onsite hedgehog rescue centre) and the dogs, it was all charmingly bonkers in a very good way! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Graham to anyone and both my Dad and I agreed we would love to go back for another day to learn even more. Joanne and Alan

Joanne and Alan – 2017
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I have only had my lathe for a few months, and despite trying to teach myself from online videos I had hit a 'limit' as to what i could do. Grahams teaching method makes it easy to understand how and why the wood behaves as it does, I am planning another session after practice, practice, practice! I would recommend Graham to anyone, i came away with a completely new approach in using some of my tools, and a lovely bowl that now takes centre stage in our kitchen. Thank you again Graham I will certainly be in touch again.

Andy Cross - 2017
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A great day learning all about the art of wood turning. As a beginner I am now confident to get my own lathe in action. Lots of useful information from Graham. Recommend this days course to anyone interested in trying out wood turning. Hope to be back for another course in the future.
Thanks Graham.

Richard Hastings - 2017
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Great days tuition. Graham was very knowledgeable and helpful, giving a good overview of Wood Turning at his well equipped workshop. He guided the 2 of us though basic wood turning techniques and we came away with a candle stick and a bowl.
I would recommend this course to anyone wishing either to have a go at wood turning or anyone wishing to develop it as a hobby.

Matthew Jones - 2017
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Very good, thorough, informed and interested tutoring in the basics and not-so-basics of wood-turning. Excellent matching of information to the customers - proper conversation rather than a prescribed course. I'll be signing up again soon.

 
Stephen Reynolds - 2017
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Received a 1-day beginners course for myself and a friends as a birthday present for my wife having had no previous experience of wood turning. However, we have been on craft courses (pottery and glass blowing) previously.

We had a magnificent day - Graham is a superb and knowledgeable teacher; he was able to judge our ability, set achievable but challenging targets and had a patient approach to keeping us on track.

A simple but delicious home cooked lunch was provided and both Graham and his wife were terrific company during our meal. Their attitude was relaxed and informal; they made us feel very welcome and gave us a genuine break from the rigours of a normal weekend.

We left proudly clutching the candlesticks and bowls we had made during the day which everyone is highly impressed with! However, Graham also left us with a better understanding of the craft, a deeper knowledge of how to work with wood and some samples of wood to fuel our first forays into whittling.

I have no hesitation in recommending Graham to anyone how wishes to learn more about this absorbing and rewarding activity.

Alun Fowler - 2017
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Graham is really knowledgeable and experienced and this shows in his teaching..... A very good day and leant a great deal,so much in fact I am looking to buy a lathe for myself as I enjoyed it that much.
Thank you Graham....

William McElroy - 2017
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I had a very helpful and enjoyable day with Graham. He made me very welcome and feel at ease. I am a novice turner and wanted to develop my skills. Graham was very sympathetic to my needs, suggesting and demonstrating techniques that really helped me overcome difficulties I was having. He has an excellent teaching style , informative, knowledgeable, supportive yet giving you room to practice and learn by doing it yourself. Coffee, tea and biscuits on tap and a tasty lunch sitting in his lovely garden. I would certainly recommend a course with Graham

Tony - 2017
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I was given a days woodturning tuition as a present & it proved to be one of the best presents I have ever been given. As soon as I went through the door I was made very welcome by Graham & his wife plus the two dogs! After a cup of tea & a general talk about the basics of woodturning it was into the workshop & after being shown the around the lathes, tools etc it was hands on & with Graham's expert tuition plus a lot of patience I managed to turn a bowl & ring stand. Am now bitten by the bug thanks to Graham's skill & enthusiasm & now intend to take it further. I have no hesitation in recommending a woodturning course with Graham.

Terry Nash - 2017

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This was my first attempt at wood turning and I cannot recommend the day highly enough. Graham was very quick to put the two of us (both novices) at our ease, and was both patient and encouraging throughout the day. He clearly knows his stuff and is a great teacher. I came away with 2 things to show for the day and a definite interest in pursuing the craft further. Thank you Graham - a fantastic day!

 

Dave Talbot - 2017

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Just returned from a Memorial Day with Graham I am a complete novice and was given this day's tuition as a present from my daughter I'm now in my seventies and wasn't sure what to expect.Right from the start graham put us at ease with his patience and knowledge of woodturning explaining types of wood and tools by the end of the day l came away with a bowl and ring stand i would thoroughly recommend anyone taking this full on course 5 stars not enough

Denis Rudall - 2017
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I had a really great day with Graham doing a "refresher" after 30 years of absence from woodturning. There were just 2 of us on the course so we had very personal attention. Graham's teaching style is very relaxed so he put me at my ease quickly which meant that I was learning in a very enjoyable way.
I came away with a nice cedar bowl and as a bonus he sharpened my (30 year old) chisels for me.
Highly recommended.

Bob Halliday - 2017
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Both Jack and I had an excellent morning with Graham Turner on 19/4/17 and we are more than happy to recommend the course. I think I can speak for Jack when I say that both of us doubted that we could produce a bowl of the standard Graham showed us at the start but with his excellent tuition we were both proved very wrong and the results sit proudly on display on our coffee table. Graham has an easy teaching style with great attention to detail which gives you the confidence to produce great results. We enjoyed it so much that we are now looking to book a further session in October. Thank you Graham.

Chris and Jack Walker - 2017
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Last Saturday was spent at Graham's workshop and both Rob, my husband, and I had the most wonderful day.
We not only made two delightful wooden bowls, but enjoyed the learning process immensely, using a lathe and various wood working tools.
Graham is a very good and understanding teacher.
We were treated to a delightful lunch in the garden, and enjoyed conversation with Graham and his wife Chris.
Altogether a fantastic experience. I would thoroughly recommend a day there and hope to go again before too long.

Cal Craven Francis – 2017
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I suspected that two days in Graham's company was going to be enjoyable the moment he greeted me with a warm handshake and the friendliest welcome. Chris and Graham are delightful hosts and really made me feel at home. We took tea and coffee breaks together, sitting in their beautiful and interesting garden which is so wildlife friendly.
Graham's teaching style is relaxed and informal. He is supportive and his encouragement made my introduction to woodturning a great pleasure, so much so that I am now looking forward to my next visit, when I hope to benefit from his mentoring as I progress from beginner. I was particularly impressed by the effort Graham takes to ensure that his students experience success from the outset. Similarly he takes a lot of trouble to ensure that safety is never compromised and I am confident that while I have a lot to learn the foundation that Graham has given me is solid. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend him to any beginner who would find a visit to his gallery inspirational.

Frank Renouf - 2017
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A very enjoyable and informative 2 days spent in the company of Graham who certainly exceeded all my expectations in terms of providing an excellent learning forum for those thinking of woodturning.
Graham proved to be a very capable,helpful,patient and knowledgable tutor who made the course a truly memorable experience.I would certainly recommend Graham to anyone starting out or wishing to develop their woodturning skills mainly due to his welcoming,informal, sociable manner that created a relaxed learning environment.
Graham also went the extra mile by providing me with some invaluable advice about an old wood lathe that I had recently inherited from my father.He explained the set up procedure and where to source spare parts required to get the machine working.
My thanks also go to his wife Chris who provided a lovely lunch on each of the two days and keeping me supplied with regular cups of coffee and biscuits.

James Airey - 2017
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It was a tremendous day for a complete beginner. Graham gave me plenty of attention and also left me to work at things at my own pace. A well planned set of activities gave me a good experience of method and tools - all done in a pleasant and supportive atmosphere. Explanations given and questions answered, Graham provided a day's activity that was challenging without being too serious. A solid, professional introduction to woodturning. I'd recommend it.

Richard Cady - 2017
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A brilliant day exploring the different techniques involved in woodturning. Graham was very friendly and an excellent tutor giving plenty of advice to make sure you were using the equipment correctly. I would recommend the course for anyone looking to get into woodturning or having a refresher session.

Alex Dooley - 2017
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We had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Graham, who is an excellent teacher with lots of patience. Despite our inexperience and initial apprehension we produced two bowls we were very proud of. I think we may now be hooked on wood turning, and hope to return for a second course. Graham's own work is also very impressive and provides some great designs to aspire to. We bought three of the items and just need to find some space in our house for more. Thank you for a great experience!

Reg and Jackie Manser - 2017
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Graham's calm methodical approach, together with years of experience and a good amount of enthusiasm made this one day course an absolute delight. His well-equipped workshop, choice of wood and various "design opportunities" helped me create a bowl I was very proud of. I was made to feel very welcome, and a hearty lunch beside the Rayburn made for a fantastic day all round. Thank you for a wonderful birthday treat!

Chris Bowden - 2017
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The results of a half day of tuition were beyond expectation. Graham's simple, calming approach - and the trust that he showed in his raw novices as they tackled their first piece - not only meant that we had the opportunity to learn, hands on quickly but also to actually produce something that had the capacity to surprise the whole family. He instilled confidence throughout. A first rate experience, a great introduction to wood turning and well worth a long drive (twice in my case!) to get there.

David Williams-Jones – 2017

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A very unhurried, relaxed and productive day. Graham is very experienced and is full of advice on all aspects of wood and its behaviours and suitability for turning. I left with a walnut bowl that I am really proud of, and the confidence to have a go myself. That great British staple of tea and biscuits is in ample supply throughout. Graham has since contacted me offering advice on lathes and a starter set of tools, so I feel that I am not alone in taking the pursuit further.
If you think you would like to have a go at turning you could not make a better decision than attending one of Graham's courses.


Richard Scott -  2016
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Attended a 1 day course . Graham is an excellent tutor; very patient and knowledgeable. Extremely pleased with my results. Really hoping to attend again soon

Louise Robinson-Woledge -  2016 
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Me and my boyfriend decided on a wood turning experience for our Christmas present. We couldn't have picked a better choice than this.

Graham is a lovely person who is very knowledgeable of the activity, a great teacher and has an all round fun personality. The activity was really fun and makes me want to do it as a future hobby. We cannot recommend the course highly enough and will most likely return on a future date.


Rebecca Sharp - 2016
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I treated my husband to a days wood turning course with Graham and it really was fantastic. Graham was a great host who put us at ease straight away, he was able to explain the basics and then let us do the rest with guidance and support when we needed it. We had a lovely lunch (courtesy of his wife) and plenty of stops during the day. By the end of it we had made two candle sticks and a bowl each, and we're both very proud of our achievements. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and loved being able to absorb yourself in a task and work with such beautiful raw materials. We would both love to return again when we get the chance. Thanks Graham!

Heather whittard-jones -  2016
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Treated my husband to a day's wood turning as a birthday gift and decided to join him. We were both lathe virgins but were shown the various techniques by the wonderful Graham! Over the course of the day, (which included a delicious lunch cooked by Chris, Graham's wife) my husband and I each made a bowl from beautiful pieces of walnut. We are thrilled with what we achieved!
Graham is absolutely lovely; an excellent tutor who instructs with endless patience and humour.
The day flew by and we learned so much about types of wood and the way they react to being worked on, the various chisels and what each one does, and all the techniques needed to shape our lovely bowls from two chunks of wood. We cannot recommend this course enough and will most definitely be back for more.
You must try this!!!

5Ireen Hudson - 2016 
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We spent a very enjoyable and constructive day with Graham and were total amassed that we were each able to come away with our own bowls that were turned by our own hands. This is a hobby that we will be taking up and very keen to create our own workshop. Graham is very knowable and has a way of passing on his skills to even to complete novices as ourselves.
We personally thank you and your wife for making us very welcome. We would recommend to anyone if you are thinking of taking this up as a hobby consider a days course with Graham, we are sure you will not be disappointed.5

John & Barbara Barton -  2016 
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I have just spent the most enjoyable day learning wood turning with Graham at his well equipped workshop in Sway, something that I had always wanted to try my hand at. Graham taught me the basics of spindle and bowl turning with patience and just the right balance between demonstrating the correct technique and letting me get onto the lathe to try my hand. Graham provided constant feedback and was quick to gently point out and correct errors in my technique and provide advice, despite my slow but steady progress. During the day Graham covered the whole process from felling and selecting timber, through seasoning, tool selection and sharpening, lathe types and turning techniques. A convivial lunch, local sausages, plenty of tea and biscuits, great. I was extremely pleased with the bowl that I turned and the progress that I was able to make under Graham's tutelage and I would thoroughly recommend Graham's courses.


Russ Coy - 2016 
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Had a most enjoyable day with Graham. He was informative, patient and answered all my questions. As i do not have a lathe of my own yet I started from the position of a complete novice. Graham advised me on suitable lathes and has since answered my e.mail questions for further in formation on purchasing a lathe. I recommend this course for new lathe turners and those wishing to improve their knowledge.


Dennis Eldred -  2016
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Having spent a half day with Graham in September, I decided to have a full day this time. Graham is a natural tutor who knows how to balance instruction and discovery. During the day I turned a 10" bowl, a mushroom and a box. I had a real sense of achievement when I got home and the bowl was bagged by my step-daughter and the mushroom and box given pride of place by my partner. I'm no great shakes but, under Graham's guidance, I learned and progressed. The formula is simple - Graham is a really nice man, he is a skilled wood-turner, he is a consummate communicator, he cooks very good sausages and provides excellent value with his courses. Don't hesitate.


Rob Harvey -  2016 
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We can't but recommend Graham's course wholeheartedly! Since we have first contacted him he has been researching on what we needed for our peculiar purpose: making parts of musical instruments. Graham shaped the course in order to cover the principal skills and focus thereafter on all the steps required to achieve our goal. He has been friendly and dedicated for all the course's long day, explaining everything with clarity and patience, and making it a very enjoyable experience.
We definitely left his workshop with a clearer idea of what woodturning is and with a lot of enthusiasm in starting working on our products.
Is also very important all the assistance via email, before and after the course, that he offer for any doubt you might have or advice you'd need.
Last but not least, he welcomed us with all the comforts: coffee, tea and an amazing lunch prepared by his lovely wife (highly appreciated even by two Italians!!!).

Thanks you Graham for all your help and the wonderful experience. We are looking forward to seeing you again, to complete our training and become.... Jedi masters!


Gerardo Gozzi & Gaetano Nenna -  2016
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I got Dad a half day wood turning session for Christmas and we finally got around to it this weekend. It was fantastic, Graham explained things really clearly and Dad and I were both really pleased with our bowls.


Kate Fleming - 2016 
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Such an amazing experience! Myself and my husband attended for our 5th wedding anniversary as the theme was wood. Graham (and the dogs) are very friendly and personable and he has a great way of teaching, very relaxed,calm and great fun. Would totally recommend this experience to anyone and hope to see Graham again for perhaps a longer, more indepth class in the future.


Natalie and Mark Mason - 2016 
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Had a very informative and interesting half day course with Graham in a very well equipped clean well lit workshop, Grahams knowledge is wide ranging to the point of ageing wood and inducing deep patterns encouraged by leaving wood under hedges (you only get this from experience) I would recommend this course to anyone.


Rodney Bird - 2016 
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A really good experience , Graham is a very patient teacher, I came away feeling very satisfied with a lovely bowl as a keepsake of my efforts

Roger Bacon - 2016 
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I had an amazing day working with Graham in his workshop. Very thorough tuition and an inspiring teacher. By the end of the day I was already planning my next session. It has definitely enthused a new passion for me!


Sacha molyneux -  2016
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What a great way to spend a morning, to start off with a block of wood, learn how to shape it, hollow it, sand it down and polish it leaving 3 hours later with a beautifully handcrafted bowl that I'm now very proud of! Graham was very patient with a couple of complete novices who are now hooked on wood turning and plan to return soon to attempt to make candle sticks!


Kara Birrell - 2016
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My 11 year old son and i had a brilliant time at Graham's workshop. Graham keeps his teaching nice and simple and has a good balance between showing you how to do it and letting you do it yourself. We were both amazed how well we did and what we made.
Would recommend a visit to Grahams workshop to anyone.
Ps...good quality tea and biscuits too!!! (thanks Chris)



Tony - 2016
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I spent the day with Graham and what a day it was! Enjoyed every second of it! I was completely new to turning and thought it would be a good idea to get some tuition before I jumped in feet first. It was a day of great tuition and more! I came away knowing and understanding more about wood and turning than I had expected. I opted to learn how to turn pens and came away with a variety of pens, from box wood to 1970's acrylic. Graham was patient and thorough with his explanations and it was great to be left to get on with turning whilst Graham did other things around the workshop but never to far away if I had a question or needed help. This helped with the confidence as he wasn't stood watching my every move the whole time! I will be back!


Graham Burgess - 2015
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My daughter and I had two brilliant days with Graham. When he says everything is included, he really means it.
We had two days of fun and most importantly relaxation, complete with seven very presentable results to take home. Graham's relaxed teaching style is just perfect and he makes learning new skills very easy. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending a wood turning course with Graham.


Ian Clark - 2015
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I have a passion for wood and am very fortunate to have found Graham who shares that passion. I have not used a lathe since the age of 15 which is an incredible 52 years. Graham's gentle yet professional approach to teaching is the perfect way to attain excellent results. I booked a two day course and am amazed at what I achieved for a complete novice. I took some of my own wood and together with Graham's wonderful design skills were able to start projects that I shall finish on my planned return to his friendly, welcoming wood turning studio. The five gold stars that I have rated my experience with Graham is not enough, so please look at them as being encrusted with diamonds.
David Montague Rendall


David Montague Rendall -  2015
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We spent a very enjoyable day with Graham. Very useful "refresher" course and good hospitality- he made us very welcome. Graham sharpened our tools and gave us good advice on jigs etc.
We came away with two good cedar bowls and now keen to get wood turning again after a two year gap. Graham is very helpful and approachable and has loads of very useful information. We would recommend his courses to beginners and for refreshers.
Allan & Gwyn Follett


Gwyn Follett - 2015 
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A very pro active day and full of useful information. Certainly recommend it. From how to use the tools correctly to polishing and finishing.


Stephen Jellis - 2015 
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Fantastic morning that my son (age 12) and I thoroughly enjoyed. Graham is not only knowledgable, he is a great teacher and we can away with fantastic pens and bowls. Graham and his wife Chris, are very hospitable and great company, making the whole experience fun.


Nick and Sam – 2015 
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My friend and I booked this course as part of our voyage of discovery into various crafts. We had a great day. We both made a bowl. Graham was really friendly and such a good teacher. Just the right balance between showing us / helping us and letting us do for ourselves. I would highly recommend this day for anyone who is interested in craft. Thanks Graham!

Samantha Russell – 2015 
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What a fantastic morning we had! My boyfriend and I were bought the experience as a birthday present and we had no idea what to expect. We had so much fun making candle sticks and bowls and we're delighted with the results - a great looking bowl we each made ourselves! Graham and his wife Chris are fabulous hosts, made us feel truly welcome. Graham is a great and patient teacher. Can't recommend this experience highly enough. We're telling all our friends and will be returning!

Stephanie Taylor – 2015 
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A very good introduction to wood turning. I came away with a very attractive fruit bowl. The instruction was very good for the group of 2. The only way it could have been better would be if it was 1 on 1.


Michael Hedge – 2015
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I had a very enjoyable 3 hour course with Graham and learned a great deal in the time. I am new to wood turning and was having problems with catches. Graham talked me through the problems and we worked on the piece of beech I was having difficulty with. With his guidance I was able to finish the project with no problem. I then made a small hardwood bowl and he demonstrated the different stages from starting with a circular blank to the finished piece. Well worth the £40.


Bryan – 2015
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My wife purchased a 3 hour course with Graham as a birthday present - I had mentioned my interest in looking at woodturning as a potential hobby... Well... Graham and the dogs welcomed me at 9am on a sunny Sunday morning and the next 3 hours were outstanding. Grahams teaching methods and patience are so encouraging and no matter how many times I asked for things to be repeated/explained (short term memory issues on a Sunday morning!), Graham calmly and patiently guided me through many turning processes. It has given me an initial understanding on how the tools work and the possibilities of wood turning as a hobby.

No -one was more surprised than me about how lovely the grain looked on my finished bowl and my wife was astounded that something like that could be produced in a morning. - requests for more bowls have been mentioned from family members and I haven't even got a lathe yet!

I now officially have the bug! (just need to sort out a location for the lathe, tools etc....)

If you are considering this as a hobby or want to top up your knowledge/skill levels, then look no further. A fun, informative, productive and relaxing time with someone who clearly loves what they do and enjoys passing on that passion! Thanks again Graham!

Steve James – 2015
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One of the most memorable Sunday mornings I have ever had! Graham was an absolutely charming, humorous and welcoming host who allowed us to make a huge pile of wood shavings on his floor whilst simultaneously leading us on a path that led to our very own, turned and polished works of art. The atmosphere was so relaxing, it was like we were old friends who all had a love of wood turning, rather than two novices who barely knew what a lathe was. We never felt as if we were being taught or managed, we were merely gently guided and allowed to find our own way in this very hands-on experience.

I cannot recommend this experience enough - it was simply lovely and wonderful, and both my wife and I are already planning when to return to see Graham and Chris again.


Andrew read – 2015
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One of the best days ever! Graham and Chris were just the most lovely, welcoming couple, who couldn't do enough to make sure we were comfortable; we all very much enjoyed looking round the garden and hearing all about the hedgehogs before our lesson.
The lesson itself was just amazing, graham was brilliant at guiding us all through the bowl making process at our own pace, and it was very rewarding to get a lovely bowl to take home!
Would 100% reccomend this to everyone as a fantastic day out and will definitely be returning.
Big thank you to Graham and Chris!!


Natalie Corbett – 2015
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Had such a wonderful time. The wood turning was a new experience and I felt extremely at ease with Graham's guidance. I would highly recommend this to anyone as what you can create is so inspiring. Thank you so much to graham and Chris! Perfect day out.

Kate Benjamin – 2015
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A brilliant morning! Lots of fun, and very rewarding to have made our own bowls. Graham and Chris were wonderful hosts, really warm and welcoming. Thank you!

Katie Imong – 2015
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We had a wonderful day with Graham, Chris and the dogs.
We are four girls who needed an inspirational day out. We sure got this!! They were so attentative and thoughtful in every possible way!!
We learnt so much and will definately practice what we learnt. Graham has a wealth of knowledge and really makes you feel at ease throughout the experience. I would definately recommend this day to anyone and any ability.

Thank you so much Graham and Chris. Everything you did was just perfect.

Kate xx

Kate Anderson – 2015
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I'm very happy to recommend Graham - he provides first class training in a relaxed atmosphere and anyone who is looking for a great way to start out on a very rewarding hobby couldn't do better.

Terry Miles - 2015
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Graham's kind and patient nature and willingness to share his skills has meant I have created everything from bowls to mushrooms, next it's a pen. I really enjoy the session, Graham ensures they are fun and relaxed, but all the time I'm learning. Overall fantastic.

Jayne newman - 2015
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I really enjoy the sessions; every time I go back I am learning something new and developing my skills. Graham really helps you to understand what you are doing and how to do it. I have taken home pieces that people can't believe I have made myself. The sessions are fun and friendly, and you learn at your own pace with the great support from Graham.

Amanda humphries - 2015
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