The Guild introduced the Introduction to Woodturning SIG to streamline the woodturning accreditation process.
This SIG is intended for beginners with little or no previous experience of woodturning. If you are an experienced turner but are new to the Guild, please contact the SIG Coordinator.
The purpose of the SIG is to teach basic turning skills and the safe use of tools, the wood lathe and turning equipment. Participants will also 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 an experienced instructor.
On joining the SIG, students are provided with a Progress Checklist of turning skills. Each skill will be signed off by the instructor who has mentored you during the session.
We allow 2 full days over a nominated weekend to complete the project checklist, pass the written test and obtain accreditation on the wood lathe. The sessions aim to be relaxed and enjoyable. We try to be as flexible as possible in catering for individual learning differences.
The Guild will provide tools, wood and instruction at no extra cost to you. You can use your own turning tools if you wish.
Please wear relatively close-woven, high-necked tops (for example, a football jersey, tracksuit top or turning smock) to avoid the discomfort of wood shavings getting under your clothes.
Closed footwear is essential. Protective work shoes or boots are recommended.
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. 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.