Woodturning Courses in Berkshire

Learn to turn

Do you know someone who loves wood or is interested in woodturning? Would you like to give someone the gift of a unique experience and a new skill and maybe even come along yourself? Then woodturning sessions are for you.

I run beginner’s courses in Burghfield Common, West Berkshire. Join me in my garden workshop for a 2 hour session or the whole day. I’ll teach you the basics in a fun, informal wood turning lesson and by the end you’ll have something you’ve made to take home with you. All materials and safety equipment are provided as well as refreshments throughout the day.

The following items can be made on either the 2 hour or 1 day course. If you have a preference please let me know during booking.


A turned toadstool
A set of spinning tops
A magic wand
A light cord pull
A tealight holder
An engagement or wedding ring box


If you have further questions please email admin@loveheartwood.co.uk

Woodturning lessons

Woodturning course options

1. A 2 hour taster session

Choose a 2-hour morning or afternoon session for £90 or bring along a friend for £160, meaning you pay just £80 per person.

What’s included?

  • A short session between either 9.30-11.30am or 1-3pm
  • Safety information
  • An overview of the basic tools
  • Get a taste of wood turning (spindle turning)

Take home a couple of simple items made by you on the lathe. e.g. a toadstool, spinning top, cord pull or tea light holder.

 2. A turning day

Come for a whole day for £190 or invite a friend along for £342.

What’s included?

  • a day of wood turning starting at 9.30am and finishing at 4.30pm
  • a light lunch is included. please advise of any dietary requirements or allergies when completing the reservation form. You’re very welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
  • safety information
  • a look at the basic tools and how to sharpen them
  • learning basic wood turning skills (spindle and faceplate turning)

Take home 2-3 simple items, such as a toadstool, spinning top, cord pull or tea light holder as well as a bowl.

Further resources

Following your session you will be sent a follow up e-mail full of useful information and resources to help you continue your woodturning journey.

Book a woodturning lesson

Always wanted to try woodturning but weren’t sure how to go about it? Come and learn the basics with Liz in a relaxed, low-pressure session at her home workshop. You can choose to learn alone or bring a friend. Choose between the short and sweet 2-hour session or a more thorough day of turning.

Prices: £90.00 – £342.00

Woodturning Course Availability Calendar

Gift vouchers

Give the gift of a turning experience

If you’re buying the session as a gift and aren’t sure which dates to book then why not buy an e-voucher or gift card? This allows your recipient the flexibility to book a date that suits them.

The eco friendly cards are a real life card that can be posted to yourself or directly to your giftee.

The e-card is a great instant option which is emailed immediately to the email address you specify.

Alternatively, if you need it to arrive on a certain date you can schedule it for that date.

Previous students…

…and what they’ve said

I book a day course with Liz as l wanted to get into woodturning, to get a bit of practical hands on the equipment and how to use the chisels properly as you can't learn everything on YouTube. Liz was fantastic, the woodturning was excellent.( If you not going to take up woodturning its still a great experience just to try it ) Liz explained the fundamental of woodturning,chisels and tools required and loads of other information. Thoroughly enjoyed my day, it was a great experience.
Trevor Clark
Trevor Clark
June 18, 2024.
I received this day's workshop as a Christmas gift as I've always wanted to try it. It was fantastic. The training is well-paced and the activities make absolute sense to understand basic principles of wood turning and progress you through the day and come away with really nice (if I say so myself!) fruits of my labours by the end of the day. The follow up email I received with extensive resources and links to equipment was much appreciated. This is a great value course which I would have no hesitation in recommending
Harvey Leonard
Harvey Leonard
May 26, 2024.
Liz runs a great introductory course. Fast paced but thoroughly enjoyable! Very happy with my mushroom 😊
Nick Cook
Nick Cook
May 15, 2024.
Absolutely amazing day out. I completed the one day wood turning course with Liz. Starting with no experience of wood turning, we covered a lot of information and techniques. Also I have a beautiful wooden bowl to show off and now an even bigger appreciation for the craft.
Alex Foster
Alex Foster
May 7, 2024.
Had a great, friendly wood turning session, lots of great advice and a great experience.
Liam Hook
Liam Hook
March 29, 2024.
I recently attended an excellent one-day woodturning course with Liz, where I gained valuable insights into various techniques. Despite being a novice with lathes, Liz's patient explanations put me at ease. I made a mushroom, bowl, and vase during the course, all of which turned out beautifully. I'm now excited to delve into woodturning as a new hobby. Grateful for your guidance, Liz!
Kishor Pillai
Kishor Pillai
March 25, 2024.
Had a great day. Hadnt been near a lathe before but came away confident to explore woodturning further. Liz was a great teacher - clear and patient. A great experience for anyone who enjoys craft and wood
Dominic Bailey
Dominic Bailey
March 4, 2024.
What a great way to spend a morning! We entered the tardis of Liz's shed with a big branch that had fallen off our tree. The time zipped by in the blink of an eye, and we emerged at lunchtime with a mushroom each, and samplers with natty beads and coves. I'd never been near a lathe before, but Liz's straightforward instruction gave me the confidence to create something quite individual and unique. Thanks Liz!
Jo Griffin
Jo Griffin
February 7, 2024.
A very insightful 2 hour session with Liz was great! She was very accommodating to a complete novice. This introduction has given me even more enthusiasm to take the leap forward and get tooled up. Thanks Liz.
Luke Chambers
Luke Chambers
November 29, 2023.

Woodturning Session F.A.Q.s

Will I be part of a group?

No, sessions are 1:1 so that the lesson can progress at a pace and experience level that’s tailored to you. If you wish you may bring 1 other person to share your woodturning experience. Just make your booking for 2 people instead of 1.

Do I need to bring anything with me? What should I wear?

Turning generates a lot of wood shavings and sawdust so please wear old clothes and sensible footwear. No hooded tops with dangly drawstrings or ties please. Also remove watches, rings, or any other jewellery.

I haven’t received a booking confirmation what should I do?

If you book via the onine system or email you should receive a confirmation email. Check it hasn’t gone into your spam/junk folder and if it hasn’t please email admin@loveheartwood.co.uk for your confirmation.

What should I do if I need to postpone or cancel my session?

If you are unable to make your session please email admin@loveheartwood.co.uk to let us know. We are happy to reshedule it for a more convenient time.


Where it all happens

woodturning lathe

The Love HeartWood workshop contains one large and one small lathe.


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