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Woodturning Tuition in Suffolk

One day of 1-1 Wood turning tuition, available 7 days a week. Primarily devoted to practical experience with the aim for the student to complete a number of turned products. Along the way, covering safety, characteristics of different timbers and choice of tools, machines and sources of supply.


Albert Lain; experienced and qualified teacher keen to impart his enthusiasm and skills.

Courses Available

  1. Introduction
    A days introduction. Learning how to safely apply the tools to rotating timber. Included will be working between centres, use of Roughing Gouge, Spindle Gouge, and parting tool. After lunch, the use of self-centring chucks, boring on lathes and Jam fitting. Suitable for someone considering the hobby, just starting to turn, or just interested and looking for an absorbing day.
  2. Intermediate
    A logical progression from course A but focused on Headstock work and increasing the diameter of the material to be turned. Use of screw chuck to turn a shallow bowl, and then a deeper small bowl with either a turned top edge or natural edge. Method of removing all indication of how it was secured to the lathe.
  3. Experienced
    In development at present, but either increasing diameter and/or depth of product, or experience in successfully turning freshly cut timber. Awareness of other methods such as split turning, duplicate turning, coopered work, long hole boring, lattice work, off centre turning. Just where do we stop? This can easily get out of hand...

The Workshop

A heated wood turning workshop with many lathes and good dust extraction. Always some interesting other work in progress. Attached to our home and looking out to the garden and across fields.

The Cost

Courses A and B: £175 9am-4pm, all materials and tools included
Course C: £225 9am-4pm, all materials and tools included


Discussion before the day about experience so far and what you would like to achieve. Guidance on what to wear. Invitation to bring any existing tools and safety equipment to wear.

What Next?

Phone or email to discuss how I can help, and if you wish, to determine a mutually convenient date.

I will need your postal address to enable me to send a pre-course preparation document and to include a brief questionnaire about your experience, if any, so far.
If you would like to make a days tuition as a gift to a friend or partner, request a copy of our Gift Voucher. Warn me if you wish it to be conveyed confidentially for a birthday or Christmas surprise.

If you have been on one or more of these day courses, I would appreciate any comments you may have to help me improve and refine how and what I do. Please use the comments page on my site or let me know by phone, email, or letter.


  • Nigel Bedingfield

    Nigel Bedingfield - 17th August 2018

    My son and I had a wonderful day with Albert, the challenge was to teach both of us in one session, quite a task, and as it turned (pun) out, we tested all of Albert’s ‘fix it’ solutions so that we both came home proudly displaying the results of our days lathing, 2 dibbers and 2 pots. At the same time testing Albert’s staminar by taking him into ‘extra time’. Fortunately penalties were avoided and we settled for a 2-2 draw, with knowlege of new lathing techniques gained, and the extra skills of compromises and adjustment picked up along the way. ? Thank you Albert. Nigel and Kalun Bedingfield

  • Paul Leathers

    Paul Leathers - 2nd August 2018

    My second lesson with Albert and another great welcome .Started with Albert looking at my new lathe bought from Axminster tools a great starter package.Went into the work shop and Albert explained what we were going to be making today a little coin plate and a bowl.At the end of the day i got my lathe out of the car and Albert explained how to set it all up.A great teacher and looking forward to the next lesson 10 out 10 from me.

  • Gary Swash

    Gary Swash - 29th July 2018

    Had a great (but very hot - hottest day of the year ! ) with Albert.
    I came away with a greater awareness of which tool to use for various angles and finishes, we completed two bowls which are now much admired.
    Alberts knowledge, patience and experience came across straight away and had an answer to all my questions.
    Training on a one to one basis with someone like Albert is in my opinion worth every penny - money well spent - you won't be disappointed !

  • Simon Dineen

    Simon Dineen - 16th July 2018

    My son gave me an introductory course as a birthday present. Albert was very welcoming , he was a fantastic tutor , very knowledgeable and interesting. He is very patient even with my attempts at turning .I did come home with a pot that was all my own work(well almost).
    I can thoroughly recommend this course for a fantastic introduction.There is only one downside , I am now having to rebuild my shed to house a lathe(Albert did even give me advice on this!)

  • Bishop Martin

    Bishop Martin - 3rd June 2018

    I spent a full day with Albert on Friday, June 1st, as a complete beginner. He is a superb teacher, and I found it easy to place myself in his expert hands and learn from him. His approach was to explain each step of the way about the equipment, the wood, and the technique we were about to use, and then demonstrate for me to imitate on an adjacent machine, under his watchful eye and guiding hand. We started by turning a dibber from a piece of pine, learning to create a cylinder, then segmenting it with beading and so learning to curve the edges, and then tapering one end to a rounded point. We then progressed to candlesticks, made in two parts, again making a cylinder with curvatures and a round oak base. Along the way I learned about abrading and finishing. There was sufficient repetition of techniques for it to start sinking in, and for me to begin to feel more confident handling the tools. Albert was very patient with my mistakes, and would calmly say, "We'll sort that out in a moment," which indeed we did. Thank you Albert for a brilliant day, and I'm inspired to setting up at home now, and I look forward to the next stage!

  • Peter Smith

    Peter Smith - 3rd May 2018

    I am a complete novice at wood turning. I rung Albert and went along for the first session. Albert is a great bloke, calm assured and patient. Watching as he turned the wood on his machine then watching and encouraging as I did my bit on my machine was an excellent way to teach. I wasn't sure what to expect maybe just turning one piece of wood into any old shape from a square block would have been great. So the first piece was a garden dibber. Very pleased my first piece of turning. Then Albert after a cuppa announced we were going to make a pot. I was nervous but calmly he went through each step, and low and behold by the end of the day I produced a pot with fitting removable lid. To say I was amazed and chuffed was an understatement. If you are interested in trying wood turning I can't recommend Albert highly enough. Like me I think,you'll get the bug. Relaxed fun atmosphere, a great teacher and his work speaks for itself. A cuppa and chat. Great day. Book you won't be disappointed.

  • Gavin Bickers

    Gavin Bickers - 29th March 2018

    This evening the 29th of March I had a 3 hourlong tuition I’m not a absolute beginner just needed to be shown what doing wrong I’ll say this about Albert Lain he is a very nice person and a wonderful Teacher he’s got the patients and he tell you what you’re going to do then he’ll show you then he’ll help you with the same so helpful and I’ve learnt what I was doing wrong so now I more convenient in Woodturner he is well worth the price I’ll definitely will be coming back for more.
    I really do know this much he is very very good and well worth the money and I would recommend Albert to Teach you I would give him 10 out 10 absolutely Brilliant

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