Class description

This is a five-day course for students who wish to develop their skills in woodturning.

Your teacher, Simon discusses the basics of spindle turning and bowl turning. You’ll have your own lathe and plenty of hands-on time to work on various projects.

The skills taught will include turning between centres, using faceplates, and how to turn a bowl, lidded box and platter. Tools used will consist of both traditional turning chisels and carbide turning chisels.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
– Turn a basic V cut and bead with a skew chisel.
– Turn a basic candlestick between centres with beads and coves
– Safely mount timber into a chuck or onto a faceplate cutting a tenon
– Turn a Spinning Top using skills learnt from the candlestick and adding new turning skills
– Adding colour and texture to turning
– Mounting a blank onto either a chuck or faceplate for open-face turning
– Turning using bowl gouges along with scrapers
– Sanding techniques for bowls
– Finishing

Suitable for beginners with no experience up to intermediate students. Children 14+ are welcome to participate in this course.

Please note, we require a parent or guardian to be on the premises for the duration of the class if a minor is attending.


In this immersive course, each creation becomes a journey of discovery and skill-building. As you sculpt and refine your pieces, you’ll forge lasting memories and connections within our community. At the end, take home not just your masterpieces, but also newfound knowledge and a sense of accomplishment.


PPE will be supplied however students wishing to bring their own should come with a face mask, safety glasses or goggles and earmuffs or earplugs.

Closed shoes are a mandatory requirement for all students.

Those with their own turning chisels should also bring them along to get better accustomed at using them but we also supply all tools if you don’t have any.

We have a kitchen onsite with fridge and microwave for those that want to bring their own food, and there are also takeaway options within walking distance.

WORK SHOP location

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

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About Simon Begg

Simon is a young Australian woodworker from Sydney who found his passion for timber at a young age. Throughout school he excelled in Industrial Technology, finishing high school with a rank of 2nd in the State. He completed his cabinetmaking apprenticeship working for Stephen Pemberton Fine Furniture and Covemore Designs in Seven Hills. While completing his trade, Simon spent most of his time in his shed making pieces for customers and competitions, regularly winning awards at agricultural shows.
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