‘An Introduction to Wood-Turning’

Sesions held monthly throughout the year.

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Let me introduce you to a different and absorbing new skill working with craftsman’s tools!  In this one day course and without any previous experience you will make a beautifully finished wooden bowl you can be proud of.

Our bowl-making classes are suitable for complete beginners. We take a maximum of ten people per session. You will be working in pairs, one supporting the other, taking turns to complete each stage in the production of your own bowl. The trainer demonstrates the method before each step, then you work at your own pace with his guidance and supervision. We usually have a very balanced mix of men and women of different ages.  Just over half of attendees come on their own and the vast majority have no previous experience.

You will be amazed at what you can do in five hours even if you have never handled woodworking tools before. Having shaped your bowl inside and out the colour and lustre of the chosen wood are brought out by high-speed but traditional finishing techniques. At the end of a busy and enjoyable day, you will have made something of form and beauty.  We can help if you wish to progress further with turning or are interested in setting up your own workshop.

Our courses are tutored by Terry Vaughan, a turner of long experience who regularly teaches individuals at his own studio in north London. He is a real enthusiast for bowl-making and you can see some of his work on his website, where he also offers lots of information about woodturning.  He writes

‘I started wood turning 40 years ago. I started teaching several years later but since I retired 5 years ago I have been training more frequently and I really enjoy it. One of the things that excites me about wood-turning is the potential that lies hidden within a completely unknown log that I pick up. With my developed skills I can’t wait to create something of beauty from what I find inside and of course it will be completely unique. I also enjoy making the tools I use and sometimes I teach that as well in wood-turning clubs. I look forward to introducing you to this fascinating activity!’

Everything is provided except lunch. It is best to bring a packed lunch and to wear clothes that wood chips won’t cling to or get inside. Long hair will need to be tied back. Suitable for 18+ and able-bodied people. No pets.

We have now run over 50 of these courses with many 5* reviews including;

“I am as pleased as pie with my bowl. Terry and team were always on hand to advise and at critical moments salvage a situation. They made the technique seem easy, I had never done something like this before and can’t believe I made a bowl in just 5 hours. I will be doing much more wood work in the future 😀. “.

 “Really great day, great tutors and a fantastic bowl to take home as well as bags of knowledge! I’ll be back for a couple of 1 to 1 sessions for sure! Thanks!”.

 “A thoroughly enjoyable day. Terry was a fantastic teacher, guiding us all to make a unique and beautiful bowl. Carl at the Camden Shed was a friendly and helpful host and the whole group achieved great results. My son and I hope to have a further session with Terry to develop our skills further. Highly recommended. 

“Great experience, team were really friendly and everyone made cool bowls. Workshop is a social enterprise for local OAPs and is inspiring in its own right too. Would definitely recommend – Liam”.

Venue: The Camden Town Shed, Maiden Lane Community Centre, Mezzanine floor, 156 St Paul’s Crescent (off Agar Grove) Camden NW1 9XZ    Parking is possible but spaces unpredictable on Agar Grove. Camden Town tube 15 mins, Camden Road Overground 12 mins, buses 390, 29, 253 @ 5 mins, bus 274@ 3 mins.

Booking is only through our agent on

The funds raised by these courses goes to our charity so we thank you in advance for your support.

Any further enquiries to Carl Hughes 07941060787 or