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Beginner Woodturning for Women


In this women-only workshop, you will learn the basic skills to turn wood. Lathe and turning terminology, safety concerns, how to properly set up a lathe and sharpening station, turning tools, accessory tools, sharpening and wood considerations will be covered. You will try various cuts as you turn a few projects. You will also receive a copy of the book Getting Started in Woodturning. All tools and materials provided.


Instructor Bio

Paul Collard began turning wood as a teenager after his father brought home a lathe for their workshop. Paul graduated from civil engineering but left that profession to do what he loved best, working with wood. He began selling his turnings on the craft show circuit in Ontario and Ohio. In the early 1980s, Paul received a number of awards for his work in artistic bowl turning. He owned a full-time pen-turning business for a few years, has tutored people in turning pens and bowls in his workshop, and has built custom-made furniture. Paul is an employee of Lee Valley.

Registration Requirements

Seating is Limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Unless otherwise stated, previous experience is not required to participate in seminars and attendees should be 16 years old or older. Seminar tickets are not available online.

Tools & Materials

All tools and materials will be supplied.

Food & Drink

Beverages are provided at our seminars and a light sandwich lunch is provided at all-day events. Please discuss any special dietary needs with the staff at time of registration. In an effort to reduce waste, we encourage you to bring in your own coffee mug and/or refillable water bottle.

What to Wear

We require that you wear closed shoes (e.g. running shoes) to all seminars.

Pricing, Cancellation & Rescheduling

  • Prices are subject to HST.
  • 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.
  • We reserve the right to reschedule seminars.

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