Tuition

A Thing Of Beauty is a Joy Forever!

the woodturning of Jason Smith R.P.T.

Tuition

This takes place at my home in the heart of Kent. I have well equipped premises and am fully insured for teaching and demonstrating woodturning. My main woodturning lathe is a sturdy JET 3520B with full electronic speed control - a superb lathe to teach, and be taught on.

Texturing, Colouring & Finishing Effects

 

This learning time is most suited to those with a grasp of turning basics, who want to progress on to augmenting their turned work. I urge anyone to produce a reasonable form, first and foremost, before they start augmenting their work, a poor shape will always be given away the second anyone picks up your work.

Having said that - should you wish to learn more about finishing effects. I am happy to teach people on a range of subjects including (but not limited to):

 

Texturing,

piercing and grinding,

arbourteching,

dyes,

acrylics, iridescent paints, application techniques,

scorching, burning,

pyrography,

gilt creams,

liming,

coloured waxes,

unconventional materials (sand, shells, nail polish etc, etc),

epoxy, metal powders,

special decorative paint techniques - marble, sandstone, leather, granite, etc.

 

clearly these sessions are very much tailored to an individual's requirement - please email me with your needs and to discuss your specific requirements..

 

Happy Turning!

Pen Turning Course

 

This is about so much more than turning a pen!...

We first spend some time discussing woodturning safety in the workshop; this is absolutely vital, and something which is often not given sufficient thought by turners. It is not boring if dealt with properly and is essential to ensuring your safety - even when pen turning! We then go on to discuss the use of tools and sharpening of tools. I will show you how to sharpen your tools properly (and if you wish to bring your own tools along for sharpening I will be pleased to do this).

We will then go on to discuss the stages in preparing wood for turning a pen, and I will show you tips and tricks for speeding up the various stages and I include free plans to make your own pen drilling vice, finally you will turn your own pen from your choice of available woods, and finish it - usually in a high gloss acrylic or melamine, both of which provide an atractive durable finish. I will give you a presentation case to take your pen away in, which makes it a stunning present!

This course lasts around three hours, and all parts and consumables are included in the price of £60.

I am happy to tailor this pen turning course to your individual requirements.

 

Everyone comes away with their finished pen, and detailed course notes covering everything taught.