Bowl Turning for Beginners

Learn how to turn a bowl, including the different techniques involved. From design to mounting a bowl blank on the lathe, from using the different tools involved to produce and refine a bowl shape to finally finishing your bowl.

This course is for beginners to intermediate woodturners, building confidence and safety in use of all the tools required to continue to design and create your own creative works.

During the course you will complete at least two woodturned bowls.

  • Half day afternoons - Monday to Friday - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Suitable for ages 16 to adult
  • Beginner, Intermediate
  • Join waiting list

Course Info


It’s all about the tools – what are they, what do they do.  Learn all about the different tools, including the lathe, and how to use them safely and efficiently.


Design is the basis for all work – it’s time to start the design of your masterpiece under guidance of David and put it to the test as you start turning.


Spend time refining techniques used in bowl turning. 


Review of learned processes and exploring finishing techniques


Finishing touches and review of learning – this will help as you continue your woodturning journey.

No experience required.

Please bring the following on your first day of class:

  • PPE (personal protective equipment) including safety glasses, dust mask, covered shoes
  • Well-fitting clothing – no loose clothing is allowed in this class
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • A few sheets of paper for notes and design work
  • Eraser

Your class has an extra cost of $80 – this cost includes:

  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing oil
  • 2 bowl blanks
  • Paper towel & misc items to help with the turning process

If you produce more than two bowls in the week, other blanks will be available to buy from David, POA. 

Payment details will be provided on booking.

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David Barden
Course Tutor

David Barden

David Barden has taken his skill at wood-turning and created an art form. Nature is the inspiration behind each piece. Drawing on the beauty of nature, David creates fine-turned homewares sourcing inspiration from the wood itself along with the landscape the wood grew in.

Since discovering his talent for wood-turning in his teens, David has developed an individual and distinctive style, using skills he learned in his engineering trade and his natural creative flair. The joining of his creative genius along with his engineering perfection allows for stunning decorative pieces for buyers, individual products for builders and repair work that preserves history and meaning.

While understanding each piece of timber’s uniqueness, history, and charm, David’s talents allow him to create one-off originals for the discerning collector, a giving piece of nature for the environmentally conscious or a functional item for any homemaker. Like the wood from which they evolve, each piece is original and unique.

As a craftsman and artist, David’s work highlights wood’s natural beauty and versatility – enhancing the many colours, textures and uses of timber – the WOOD WE CREATE.

David has been teaching, sharing his experience and knowledge of woodturning and carving, his passion, for thirty years, including a formal TAE qualification Woodturning can be taught in a couple of days, but it takes a lifetime to master.