Woodturning Tuition & Courses. Student information for Tuition Classes

Before you book a class I need to know 2 things

  • Your height - My lathes are set on various heights so anyone around 6 foot tall will have no problems

  • Left Handed - Most people are right handed so your tuition will be slightly different to others

I could allow a younger (smaller) person to attend with a parent but they would have to use a platform.  I generally don't like platforms because they can lead to problems but if a parent is willing to accept the responsibility then it's OK with me.

How should you prepare for the class

  • Wear clothes that can get dusty and dirty

  • Wear flat soled closed top shoes, sandals and raised heels are not permitted for safety reasons

  • Check that you are not allergic to wood dust (you'd probably already know this

  • Plan your journey so that you arrive 10 minutes before the start time to get full use of your booked time.

I have dust extractors but they don't remove all the dust from the air.

What I can provide you with​

  • Face shield, safety glasses

  • Dust masks if you need them

  • You will be standing for the duration of the class, however I can get seats should you require them.

If you have any questions that I haven't covered, please feel free to message me.

You may find some useful Woodturning videos here on my Youtube Channel

Covid-19 Classes and Private Tuition Guidelines - Updated 5th March 2022

Now that most of the population has been vaccinated, I have re-written some of the following. I am still being cautious even if everyone in a group session or private class is fully vaccinated.


I have been fully vaccinated since May 2021 and have received a booster shot in addition.  I think I will still continue my own mask wearing for a while just in case but will discuss the situation with each Student and Experience Group at the start of each session.

Social distancing will still be observed as much as possible. If you are in doubt; just take a step back.  Use the provided hand sanitizer anytime you feel like it, you don't need to be prompted.

If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu please cancel your booking until you are well again. I don't enjoy being sick unnecessarily so please don't attend  if you know you are not well.


What to expect.

When you arrive there will be a wave instead of a handshake greeting. This has now been relaxed somewhat.

I normally give a small tour before entering the workshop, we must try to keep 2 metre spacing at all times.

Hand Sanitizer will be available at the workshop door before you enter.

You will be reminded of the new safety protocols and by entering you accept responsibility for complying with guidelines

I have cloth masks which you can wear during the class but you are welcome to bring your own.

I also sell SA Face Shields for €8 which you can purchase upon arrival.

The protective Face Shield and tools will have been cleaned before you arrive.

The 3 main Lathes will be separated by clear screens so that we are not in contact with each other.

If it is a family of 4 session, 2 of you will be separated from me behind plastic screens in your own section.

Each zone has machines to push and change the air where you are.

I have marked a clear area on each machine that you are to stay inside at all times.

The camera system is designed so I can demonstrate and also see what you are doing without coming near you.

For safety reasons or for illustration purposes; it may be necessary for me to enter your area to check the lathe, tools or accessories. This will be brief and I will have a face shield covering my nose and mouth.

If I have to do this, I will ask you to stand away from me to a designated spot

We may take a short break during the 3 hr session keeping social distancing while the machines change the air.

Before you go, the face shield and any tools you used will be left on the lathe in one area.

These will be cleaned and then quarantined for 2 days.

If there has been a class before you, the Face Shields will be thoroughly cleaned.

After I walk you out there will be a wave instead of a handshake.

Hopefully you will enjoy the experience even with the restrictions.


If you are travelling a fair distance you might want to stay overnight to break your journey the night before or after your Woodturning Class. Maybe go out for dinner in a restaurant and have a few drinks in pub on the evening after your tuition?  I can recommend Ashville House in Ballyard, not far from my house. Incidentally, the proprietor Rose O'Keeffe used to mind me as a child. I was always the best behaved child and never a brat just in case it comes up in conversation ha ha. You can find her listing here