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Make a Wooden Bowl: a one-to-one woodturning class

5(24 reviews)
Make your own beautiful wooden bowl at this one-to-one woodturning workshop, suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some woodworking experience
£135 pp
What happens in this class?

Try your hand at woodturning at this workshop. It's suitable for absolute beginners as well as people with some woodworking experience. The class will allow you to explore your creativity by designing and making a wooden bowl.

Terry Vaughan, a very experienced woodturner, and a patient, friendly and approachable tutor, will guide you through the process step by step . The class is one-to-one, and you will be the only guest, ensuring that Terry can give you his undivided attention. Terry runs a similar class for two people, so please book that if you would like to bring…

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Things to remember

You will need to tie back long hair and remove loose jewellery. Safety equipment, tools and materials and light refreshments are provided. There are no hidden charges. Don't forget your spectacles if you need them for close work! Parking is easy. The 125 bus runs from Totteridge and Whetstone…

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Latest Reviews
5(24 reviews)
Caroline - 2 April 2024
The one to one class was excellent and very instructive. The bowl turned out well and I felt I had learned a lot. Terry was avery good teacher
Gul - 7 February 2024
Terry is a patient teacher and the course is a great guided introduction to bowl turning. I'd really recommend it.
Ruth - 12 August 2023
I really enjoyed my one on one class with Terry, he was very patient with a newbie and explained everything clearly. I left with an amazing bowl which I can’t wait to gift to my husband. It was a really great class, would highly recommend.
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Booking Options
Private BookingMinimum 1 guests to book

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Age Requirement

This class is suitable for all ages
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
Your Teacher

Terry is a woodturner who lives and works in North London. He has been turning wood for over 40 years, and has a workshop studio filled with the scent of timber, part-finished bowls and the tools needed for his work.

Terry made his first wooden bowl at school. It was a long time ago, but he still has that bowl. Years later, he built his first woodturning lathe out of scrap steel, and with it made his second bowl from a bit of elm. He still has that bowl too. He keeps nails in it, and every time he…

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Class Location
Terry Vaughan
17 Ashbourne Avenue
N20 0AL


Caroline - 2 April 2024
The one to one class was excellent and very instructive. The bowl turned out well and I felt I had learned a lot. Terry was avery good teacher
Gul - 7 February 2024
Terry is a patient teacher and the course is a great guided introduction to bowl turning. I'd really recommend it.
Ruth - 12 August 2023
I really enjoyed my one on one class with Terry, he was very patient with a newbie and explained everything clearly. I left with an amazing bowl which I can’t wait to gift to my husband. It was a really great class, would highly recommend.
Peter - 13 March 2023
Had a great time! Terry is very knowledgable and teaches you so much, and at the end of it you get to leave with an amazing bowl!
Jess - 5 March 2023
Terry was a fantastic teacher - I had a great afternoon and came away with a lovely bowl to give away as a gift. Would highly recommend a class with Terry.
Helia - 9 October 2022
The introduction to woodturning was really pleasant and nice. It’s really great to try this technique and to go home with a beautiful bowl ;)
monique chambers - 4 October 2022
Really enjoyed my class and I love my bowl! Wish to do more classes. Terry is a gentle soul and very encouraging.
Tatiana - 21 June 2022
I got this class for my partner, and he really enjoyed the session and all the learning. I enjoyed hearing the detailed report. Thank you so much for making it a nice and interesting experience for him.
Mo Bobat - 4 May 2022
Terry is patient, takes his time to explain on how to use tools safely. Also explained in detail on what one should look out for in wood blocks. Was a good experience going to his session.
Henry - 10 April 2022
Brilliant class. Lovely guy. Very knowledgeable. The time flies. Love my bowl
Nimai Earles - 3 December 2021
Had an absolutely amazing day, really proud of what I achieved under the amazing instructions from Terry. I would definitely recommend to anyone with a fondness for woodwork. Terry was very knowledgeable, instructive and most of all fun. I hope anyone who goes enjoys it as much as I did.
Ben - 18 October 2021
The woodturning class with Terry was excellent. He was a great teacher and took me through everything from the techniques I'd need to the equipment I could get if I wanted to start. His workshop is a great place to learn and a wonderful environment to spend some time in (along with his cat). Would highly recommend - once I've got a workshop, I think I'll be getting a lathe Cheers Terry!
Julia Geens - 19 September 2021
Great day making a wooden bowl with Terry! So proud of what I achieved and can't believe I did it in 5 hours! Terry has a great teaching style.. He's on hand when you need a little extra help and support, but knows when he can step back and let you take control which is amazing for learning hands on rather than just watching. Good set up too in his workshop in the garden so felt very Covid safe. Thanks Terry - highly recommended and I'm so proud of my bowl!
Daniel - 3 September 2021
I spent a really enjoyable afternoon learning the basics of wood turning with Terry Vaughan. I hadn't ever tried wood turning before and was expecting to find it really difficult but Terry is a great teacher giving lots of support to start off with and as my confidence grew standing back a bit to help me learn from doing. At the start of the class he promised I would have a bowl I could sell at the end, didn't really believe him but it's true I think I could sell it if I wanted to. Thanks Terry.
Brian - 12 June 2021
What a wonderful day I had on Terry’s woodturning class. As a beginner I found his one-to-one tuition spread over seven or so hours a great way of learning the basics. I particularly appreciated being thrown in the deep end right from the start, but always under Terry’s watchful eye and expert guidance. The course was remarkably comprehensive covering the basics of bowl turning as well as spindle turning, and Terry thoughtfully answered every question I threw at him. I came away with good practical knowledge and confidence using the lathe and cutting tools, not to mention a beautiful Cherrywood bowl and two Beechwood spinning tops. Thank you Terry!
Michal - 12 February 2020
I really enjoyed the one-to-one woodturning class with Terry. All instructions were clear and after 4 hours of questions, answers, practising, turning and sanding I was able to finish my own wooden bowl with oil and take it with me back home. I experienced a very friendly atmosphere and Terry's dedication to helping me to succeed.
Alice - 21 January 2020
This was a really good course. Terry really knows about bowl turning and is a good, patient teacher. His workshop is well equipped and well lit - there is even a kettle for that all important tea break. The fact that it is a one to one course means you get his undivided attention and can ask every question you might have and he'll notice if you're doing something not quite right and correct you. At the end of the day you go home with a bowl you can be proud of. I would recommend this course.
Martina - 24 August 2019
Absolutely loved Terry's class! We did a two-person woodturning class. We had never woodturned before and Terry was such a great teacher. He was very supportive and patient while also encouraging us to express our own creativity and figure things out on our own whenever possible. The whole experience was so worth it and we went home with such beautiful bowls. We would recommend this to anyone and hope to do it again ourselves soon!
Jill Davies - 10 March 2019
I am a 72-year-old lady with no practical skills whatsoever. A chance encounter with a Youtube video sparked my curiosity about woodturning, as a result of which I've just had a thoroughly enjoyable one-to-one lesson with Terry Vaughan in his well-appointed North London workshop. A master of his craft, Terry really is the best of teachers. He's unflappable, extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and conveys his advice and instruction very clearly. It was thrilling to see a square solid block of wood become, under his gentle and patient guidance, a beautiful little bowl which I shall cherish always. I would love to take this new interest further, and hope to do so in the near future. I can highly recommend one of Terry's lessons. Mine was a greatly rewarding experience and terrific fun.
David Battiscombe - 4 March 2019
This was an excellent course that exceeded my expectations. The standard of teaching was very high and it was evident that Terry is a vastly experienced wood turner. Under his supervision I made my first ever bowl, from Sycamore, and it looks just great. His workshop is extremely well equipped and he supplies all the necessary safety gear. This is a completely hands-on course with step by step professional guidance on how to use the lathe, the tool rest, the gouges and scrapers, sander etc. I am now a convert and poised to buy a lathe and start woodturning in my own workshop. I thoroughly recommend this course!
Simon - 3 March 2019
‘What a great afternoon, a beautiful bowl emerged from the piece of cherry wood that we selected together. So nice to be making something. Terry has a great way of teaching, letting the student do the work and make some choices from early on, guiding and correcting only when necessary. An afternoon of mindfulness as I only concentrated on what was in front of me. This is a highly recommended and productive way to spend some time.’
Renan Altan - 10 January 2019
I have booked wood turning class second time with Terry again. This time we worked on a different shape rather than a conventional one. It turned out so good and thank Terry for encouraging me to try my own bowl. I use sycamore, the colour and the veins were perfect. It was a lovely experience. I would like to try again at the first availability.
Andrew - 5 November 2018
It was a really fun and informative class. Vaughan was very skilled and kind and the results were superb! I would recommend this to any beginners who want to learn woodworking and woodturning.
Renan Altan - 3 November 2018
I had a wood turning class with Terry Vaughan last Sunday. It was a fantastic workshop. I enjoyed every moment and learned a lot. Terry was so helpful and encouraging while leaving you discover your talent. At the end of the workshop I felt very happy to accomplish turning a very nice teak bowl which I was dreaming for so long. I will definitely recommend to my friends to join one of the courses with Terry and I thank Obby too for this opportunity.