Steve teaches woodturning based on the knowledge of the student. From beginners who have never touched a lathe or a woodturning chisel – to the person who just wants to brush up his skills or is having difficulty with a particular tool or process maybe hollowing or sharpening.

The course is structured to the student’s requirements, you may have tools and equipment already but are unsure how they work or how to use them. A ‘try before you buy’ approach can be very useful if you are thinking of taking up woodturning.

There is also the option to have a fun/experience day, allowing the student/s to go home with projects they have made, during a more relaxed environment. Courses are designed to suit, usually on a one-to-one basis or with a maximum of two students, who are known to each other.

Course days start at 9.30am and finish approximately 5.00pm and cost £140.00 per day, per person. For courses for 2 people known to each other please ask for price. All materials and safety equipment are provided as well as refreshments throughout the day and a light lunch, please advise of any dietary requirements.

Please contact Steve regarding mutually acceptable dates.
 To request a course brochure or to book a course, please contact Steve either by Email or telephone.
He can also teach in your workshop if required, please contact him to discuss this requirement.

Steve has Gift Vouchers available – these can be used for or towards courses, products for sale, materials or tools. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a voucher for a present.


Steve Giles teaching student
Steve Giles teaching husband and wife
Steve teaching woodturning in his workshop

Student feedback – just a few recent ones

Thanks so much for an amazing day.
Paul – November 18

I wanted to send you a quick note to say how very much I enjoyed my day with you yesterday. My snowman and bowl have already been greatly admired both at home and also in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia! You have really whetted my appetite to explore the wood turning hobby further although my wife is a little anxious about the plans that I am beginning to formulate for the construction of a workshop! I will be in touch again as and when I am ready to progress for advice and may well invest in a further day of tuition.
Simon – October 18

I would like to book another day with you to learn more. I am sure you have an awful lot more you could teach.
Karl – October 18

Just wanted to say thanks again for the amazing lesson the other week – it was really rewarding.  Do you have any slots free in November – I’d like to come back and have another go 🙂
Chris – October 18

A fabulous couple of days turning. Eileen had a ball.
I was just about to email you and Thank you for a fabulous day, feeling a bit hooked, can’t wait to book my next go. – 
Richard – September 18

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for the instruction last Saturday. It was a very enjoyable day, the only downside being the lathe and tool envy I came away with!!  Can you also thank Sheila again for her hospitality.
Gwyn – June 18

Once again many thanks you the brilliant day! I’ll be straight off to get some wood tomorrow to practice the skills from morning till evening. 
Many thanks and have a good day tomorrow! 
Patrick – April 18

I have attached some photos of my third bowl which gave me some practice with the techniques you taught me and a different style of foot. …. I wanted to thank you for an excellent two days, I learnt a lot and what’s more I very much enjoyed your company and our conversation. It was also good to meet Sheila and thank you to both of you for your kind hospitality.
Ian – March 18

Just a short note to thank you for sharing your knowledge and showing patience and restraint when a complete novice makes a complete hash of it! Very much enjoyed the day and many thanks for sharing your skills with me.
Ash – March 18

Brilliant thanks Steve. I was going to mail you but you’ve beaten me to it. He is out in the garage as I type he is enjoying it so much. Thank you for your help and for all the advice today.
Rachel – Feb 18

Thank you for an excellent day of teaching on Friday. I was really pleased with the progress with the lamps and to learn several new techniques. Other advice was helpful also. I will practice and then book another day.
Peter – Feb 18

Many thanks for a most enjoyable day, cannot believe how much knowledge you passed on in just one day, my confidence has been enhanced no end and hopefully after a little more practice and experience my skill will also improve.
It was a great day and very much appreciated.
Paul – Feb 18

….It was a lovely day and while I am sure Steve was bored to tears I really enjoyed my day as a student. The net result of which is that my performance on the lathe has improved enormously and I have become a much more relaxed man in the workshop.
Tom – Feb 18

The very briefest of notes to say thank you for yesterday. Your forbearance and patience in answering all my very simplistic questions is much appreciated and it was a most useful day. As well as being highly informative it was also great fun and I had a most enjoyable time as well as learning an enormous amount.
It was a tremendous day, great fun and should you ever need instruction on military strategy or challenge thinking give me a call and I’ll return the favour!
Many thanks and all the best for the future,
Tom – Jan 18

Just a note to thanks you for your time, help, and advice on Friday and to say how much I enjoyed the day, especially as it seems it might be worthwhile going a bit further with wood turning, so i may have a new hobby now!
The family were impressed with the candle stick and the bowl I brought home so its was a successful day.
Next step is to look at the hardware needed and get some in place to work with.
Colin & James – Jan 18

….thanks so much for the lesson today. Ben and I really enjoyed it and certainly learned lots. His bowl is already all over Instagram and Facebook and whatever else he gets up to on the internet!
Neil – Dec 17

A quick note to thank you very much for the excellent day’s tuition last week. I learned a lot, things are improving with the skew and building a small platform beside the lathe has helped a lot.
Again, many thanks.
Jeremy – Nov 17

Just a note to thanks you for your time, help, and advice on Friday and to say how much I enjoyed the day, especially as it seems it might be worthwhile going a bit further with wood turning, so I may have a new hobby now!
The family were impressed with the candle stick and the bowl I brought home so it was a successful day.
I am also aware that there are lots of other things which I need to learn about, so may book another day with you after I have done some practice.
Seumas – Oct 17

Thank you very much indeed for a great day of introduction to wood turning last week. We enjoyed it hugely and are very proud of the things we brought home! You were tirelessly patient and thank you for all the hard work you put in on our behalf.
Julia and Lando – Oct 17

Thanks very much Steve for your patience and kind help in producing a bowl which my wife (who has marvellous taste!) loved.
Ralph – Oct 17

Thank you for a great day at your woodturning course yesterday. The course
 was well planned and covered all the elements I wanted. You are an excellent
 instructor and you explain and demonstrate in a thoroughly informative and
 understandable manner. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience and I
 have no doubt I will be returning.
Dom – Oct 17

Look what I’ve been able to make this afternoon after your expert teaching yesterday.
Thank you again!!
Colin – Sept 17