Nowadays I am teaching woodturning for two or three days each week, although I am having a bit of a break between now and the new year. Since I started providing the tuition sessions, I’ve guided over 150 private students through the basic principles of the craft and there have been many memorable moments and some really fine bowls have been made.

Last Saturday, though, was something a little special! As some of you will know, I am now a member of an artists’ cooperative in the nearby town of Dolgellau, which you can check out, here…https://english.celfaranarts.co.uk/. One of my fellow members is Sandy Andrews, from Aberdyfi, and she had the great idea of celebrating her birthday by having a woodturning taster session, in the company of her husband, Ian, and her son, Callum…..what a great idea.

I usually teach just a single student at a time, but have led many a session when two friends or relatives have booked together, but this was the first time to have three students together. This is a bit of a problem, as I have a small workshop and just two lathes, but it worked really well, with one spectating and taking photos while two worked on their little projects.

 

Callum starting to turn his tree

…the tree’s taking shape

Ian, roughing out a blank for his egg-cup

The egg cup is well under way!

A happy trio, proud of their work

The finished pieces….Sand’s bowl, Ian’s egg cup and Callum’s tree

In such a 2-hour session, we don’t get a chance to make a big project, but we do get a chance to make a small item to take away and I think you’ll all agree that they did well!

 


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