Gregory Moreton RPT


** The introductory courses run over two days running from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day and are for one or two students. The price for one student on the introductory course is £225 and £340 for two students who book together.

Please email for more details and if you want to book a date **

Gregory offers courses for individuals or up to two students in his workshop in Claygate, Surrey. There are 2 state of the art Vicmarc VL300 lathes for student’s use. Alternative venues or small groups can be arranged. All courses are fully insured and include use of all tools, safety equipment and timber. Some equipment is available for purchase.
If you are a former pupil you can leave feedback with the The Register of Professional Turners or complete the course review form at the bottom of this page.

Introduction to Wood turning (2 days)

This course has a fixed content to ensure that a good grounding in all the basic skills is given and is usually run over two consecutive days. The first day is devoted to spindle techniques and turning wood between centres, sharpening, the use of the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, skew chisel and parting tool. The second day concentrates on faceplate or bowl turning and the wonders of the bowl gouge. Throughout both days emphasis is given to mastering new skills in such a way that when the student returns to their own workshop they can put into practice all they have learnt.

On the first day project options normally include a candlestick or a small vase. The second day’s projects are usually a small chopping board or a sphere in the morning followed by a small bowl in the afternoon. All the materials used for these projects are included. If you have something particular in mind just let me know and I can usually incorporate it into the course.

It is possible to include a small table lamp as a project. Combining both spindle techniques for the stem on the first afternoon and faceplate techniques for the base on the second morning. The wood for this option is included but not the wire, plug or lamp fittings.

This course is usually run with two students but if required there is a 50% Supplement to guarantee 1 to 1 tuition (i.e. course fee becomes £335) or a 20% discount if 2 students book together (i.e £170 per student).

NB Smocks are available in a limited range of sizes (large) and a basic dust mask and safety goggles are provide for pupils use. Students may however find their own more comfortable if they have them and should feel free to bring them. If the student already has any wood turning tools of their own (chisels and gouges) it is helpful if they are brought along.

Students take their first cuts with a skew

What’s included in the price?

The course fee includes all materials used, including timber and advice on the purchase of equipment is available. The day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm with a short break for lunch of home made bread, soup and cheese. There is a plentiful supply of tea or coffee through out both of the days.

Introductory Course – £225 GBP (Including all materials )

50% Supplement required to guarantee 1 to 1 tuition (ie £335 GBP)
20% discount if 2 students book together (ie £170 GBP each student)
Very occasionally we run weekend courses for a 50% Supplement (ie £335 GBP)

Wood Turning Refresher and Advanced Courses (1 day to 4 days) This is an ideal course for those familiar with the basics who wish to acquire particular skills. The specifics of each course are designed by you to meet your particular needs and interests, either by selecting from pre-designed modules or individual tailoring*. Each day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm with a short break for lunch
One Day £170    Two Days £335.00   Three Days £505.00
*advanced and refresher courses are usually 1 to 1 and these prices reflect the 50% Supplement A list of topics for inspiration can be offered separately, but why not contact Gregory directly for a totally unique and fully tailored course*. Some projects may incur extra costs to cover materials.

shavings flying from a bowl

If you would like to book one or two days tuition or if you would like more details, then please ring, email or write (see Contact for details).For any of these courses it is always useful to know what level the student is at and what type of equipment (if any) they have. This helps us to tailor a course that will be of most benefit to them in advance.

If you wish to bring your own tools, if you have any, then you are very welcome to and Gregory can offer advice on sharpening etc..

individually tailored courses are usually one to one and therefore attract a 50% Supplement.