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

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.

Covid-19 Classes and Private Tuition Guidelines - Updated 15th Sept 2021

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.


First of all; anyone coming from outside of Ireland you are bound by current health regulations.  This applies to all international travelers including Irish people who have just returned from abroad. When travelling you will have produced proof of vaccination or PCR test.  I would prefer if you mention your vaccination status when booking so there is no need for embarrassment or worry when you arrive at my workshop. I'm not going to ask for proof, your word will be good enough. FYI; I have been fully vaccinated since May 2021.

Since having my first post lockdown tuition session I have tweaked the process a bit to make it safer. I have found that a more common sense approach is best.  Keep social distance as much as you can, if in doubt; 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.  


What to expect.

When you arrive there will be a wave instead of a handshake greeting.

You will be asked if you have read and understood the Terms & Conditions set out on this page.

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 €9 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.