Woodturning – The Next Steps

If you're a more experienced woodturner, come extend your knowledge through the process of making a decorative bowl. David will share the variety of ways to creatively design and produce bowls - and the techniques and tips for success.

This course is for intermediate woodturners – those who have been turning for a while and can use tools confidently but want to extend their knowledge. You’ll learn how to extend your practical skills to create designs for decorative bowls.

David will teach you how to safely use a variety of tools to add creative design finishes, giving you the skills to go on to design and produce your own creative works.

You will complete at least two bowls.

  • Afternoons. Monday to Friday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Intermediate, Advanced
  • Places available

Course Info

Day One
Safe use of tools being used during the week, including the wood lathe, woodturning tools, carving tools, pyrography burning, and safety with paint and finishing oils.

Design process and deliberation for participants’ bowls, including the use of common household tools for creative finishes.

Day Two

Continue with the design process, try some different techniques with carving tools, paint, and burning. Develop and try new skills with basic tools and equipment. Begin creating bowls

Day Three

Continue to work on our masterpieces with guidance and knowledge from David as you set your own pace with your design.

Day Four

Continue to develop skills and try new things. Practice, practice, practice!

Day Five

Finishing touches to your masterpieces. And finally, the finishing process. Oiling the finished product. Group discussion for participants to share learnings and design lessons with each other.

This course is for people who have been woodturning for one or more years.

They need a grasp of most woodturning procedures, and are looking for greater creative skills in their turning.

To be supplied by participant

Students will need to their own PPE (personal protective equipment) including safety glasses, dusk mask, covered shoes. Participants should not wear loose clothes.

Participants will need to bring their woodturning tools (any tool they would normally use to turn a bowl)

A Dremel rotary carving tool or similar and the burrs and cutters for this tool.

Wood carving hand tools, a pistol drill for power sanding.

Participants will also need a pencil, ruler, a few sheets of A4 paper and eraser for design work.

Supplied by the tutor

The materials fee covers sandpaper, finishing oil, two bowl blanks, pyrography wire for wood burners, paint, brushes, sponges, paper towel and other miscellaneous bits and pieces to be able to help in the creative process.

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


A material cost of $80 is payable to the tutor on the first day.

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.