Experience Days on the lathe

Please be aware that I am not running any courses any longer.

Learn How to turn!

Learn how to turn a wooden bowl on a traditional, foot-powered lathe from an experienced turner.

My studio-workshop in Kielder (one of the 'Dark Skies' areas in the very North of England) offers the ideal enviroment to get you started on your craft journey. If you are looking for something unusal and unique to do, either as part of your holidays or as a dedicated outing, spending a day learning a traditional craft like this is a day well spent.


Bowl turning on an old fashioned lathe has a lot of charme and attraction to it. When I convert parts of a tree into bowls and plates of all sizes and shapes it is like journeying back in time and connecting to an ancient tradition and long linage of turners. The lathe, tools and the techniques have not changed much over time.

Once you get into the rhythm and get a sense of the sweetness of cutting out a bowl from green wood it will be very satisfying. A lot of my 'apprentices' have called the process therapeutic. The bowls produced on such a lathe are a joy to use in  everyday life. They are also a must for reeanctors who wish to be authentic to the detail.


I offer 'Experience Days'/ courses in my workshop for small groups or as 1-2-1s.

You will be introduced into the old tradition of turning a wooden bowl(or plate) from green wood. The day will revolve around the lathe and I will show you the techniques of how to convert a piece of tree into a functional and beautiful item.
I believe experiential learning is the best method to aquire this skill set and we will be pedalling away on the lathe for most of the day.

All tools and material, light lunch, tea and coffee are included. If you are inspired and want to give it a go, please contact me on my website.

A great day of turning with Ralf...

Seeing the bowl slowly evolve out of the bit of wood we initially installed felt great....Turning is definitely not as easy as he makes it look, but easy enough for complete novices to create something you can eat from and that – at least in the creators' eyes – actually looks very nice. Both of us woke up the next day very much wishing we could go back to turn another bowl.

Emma and S. June 2019

My day turning with Ralf was exceptional. Ralf's intricate knowledge of bowl turning really helped to equip me with the skills and techniques to progress myself. I was able to get past some big hurdles that have been holding me back. Ralf is clearly passionate about his craft and is a very good teacher. As an experience I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone else learning how to turn. It was time and money really spent well.

Hamish, June 2019

How to book

If you are inspired and would like to give it a go, here is how to book your day on the lathe in Kielder:

  • Before you buy a course, make sure to get in touch with me to arrange a day that fits in with your plans

  • Buy a voucher from the shop or Voucher button. Please read all relevant section before buying, like 'Cancellation' and 'Change of date' guidelines.