The Introduction to Woodturning SIG (ITSIG) streamlines the woodturning accreditation process and ensures a structured and consistent learning experience.
This SIG is designed for beginners with little or no previous experience of woodturning. Classes are up to 10 students so you will learn as a group. If you are an experienced turner but are new to the Guild, please contact the SIG Coordinator.
The SIG teaches basic turning skills and the safe use of tools, the wood lathe and turning equipment. Students need to complete a short written test on safety to obtain accreditation. Once accredited, members will leave this SIG and join the regular turning SIGs to further develop their skills. See the Guild calendar for information on these SIGs.
The format of this SIG is to provide an explanation of a tool or turning technique, a short demonstration by an instructor and the opportunity for students to apply the new skill and make a simple item such as a spindle project like a mallet, a small cross-grain bowl and an end-grain hollowing piece like a pencil pot. This will be made under the guidance of experienced instructors.
The ITSIG takes place over 2 full days (9am to 4pm) over a nominated weekend to complete the projects, do the written test and obtain accreditation on the wood lathe. The sessions aim to be as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
The Guild will provide tools, wood and instruction. You can use your own turning tools if you wish. You will need to pay a modest materials fee to cover wood and abrasives used during the ITSIG.
Please wear a close-woven, high-necked top to avoid the discomfort of wood shavings getting under your clothes.
Closed footwear is essential.
Protective work shoes or boots are recommended. For safety, loose hair is to be tied back, loose jewellery removed, loose long sleeves secured and no lanyards are to be worn.
Protective high-impact face shields will be provided by the Guild, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you wear glasses, they should have standard shatterproof lenses.
Starter packs of abrasive can be purchased from the Guild for minimal cost.
Woodturning Demonstrators to Watch online
Members interested in woodturning have asked who to watch on YouTube. Most of the turning techniques we teach are based on those developed by Richard Raffan.
Senior WCG turners recommend these turners as providers of good and interesting instruction that will lead to safe turning:
Sam Angelo aka Wyoming Woodturner
Articles on specific areas of interest be found under Resources.