Woodturning Workshop at Museum of Making

13/05/2023 - 14/05/2023, 10:00 - 15:30

Museum of Making

Silk Mill Lane off Full Street




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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-Studio Supervisor 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.

When does this course take place?

This is a day course running Sunday 14th May (10am – 3.30pm)

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.

Each slot is limited to 2 participants. Museum of Making Members, Friends and Staff can claim a 10% discount.

Do I need to bring anything?

Please wear safety boots and some form of old clothing or a coverall. Other PPE will be provided. 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.

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

Working safely?

If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending this course please feel free to get in touch with us by contacting us at: info@derbymuseums.org.

Course Booking Terms and Conditions

Workshop and course bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until two days before the scheduled start date. In the event that Derby Museums needs to cancel a workshop, your ticket will be refunded in full.

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