This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the functions, machining operations and safe use of wood turning machines. This course will allow teaching and support staff to successfully and safely implement lathe turning projects into the curriculum and/or deliver SQA based coursework.

This two day course will involve using a number different types of turning tools to practice and hone wood turning techniques. All aspects of machine parts, functions, work holding methods and safe use will be covered.  Practical work will be supported by demonstrations from professionals and key presentations will cover the theory and safety aspects.

One to one guidance when performing turning operations will also be provided. Each delegate will produce a variety of small finished projects.  All meals and overnight accommodation are include in the course fee.

Course Dates: 19th and 20th February 2025
Closing Date: 10th  January 2025

Course Leader

Duncan Lamb

01383 626070


Overnight accommodation between day 1 and 2 can be provided on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at a local hotel. Please refer to the cost tab for the residential course fees.


The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.


Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Residential, with accommodation) – £200
Subsidised course fee payable to SSERC (Non-Residential, no accommodation) – £90
The total course fee is £500 (Residential) and £390 (Non-Residential) but SSERC are subsidising this course fee to the value of £300


Participants will be able to: 

  • Identify component parts and functions of wood turning lathes. 
  • Work with a range of basic woodturning tools. 
  • Prepare and setup material in the lathe for turning between centres. 
  • Prepare and setup material in the lathe for faceplate turning.  
  • Demonstrate how to shape and finish material. 
  • Develop skills and knowledge of safe working practices.