Dabbling with Wood

21 TUTOR: Petina Simner

Discover the satisfaction of working with wood and a number of other materials in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. There will be opportunities to use a range of machines, tools and techniques to create a variety of items which will include a desk lamp and a turned pen. The tools you will use are typical of those you could find in a home workshop such as a scroll saw, belt sander and small wood lathe alongside a variety of hand tools. Aimed at beginners, you will be supported by demonstrations, step by step instructions alongside one to one assistance. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to produce well finished items.Come and try. No previous experience necessary.

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PM course

Course Notes

You will be encouraged to work on a variety of projects throughout the week. These will give you experience of a range of techniques and the chance to use a number of different machines. There will be written guidelines on how to make the project giving practice in following 'technical' instruction.

It is anticipated that you will complete the project to the best of your ability and produce a well finished item - this may take a short amount of time or as long as you wish. Selecting from a range of projects will allow you to work at your own pace with no concerns that you are holding others up. It is important that you have fun and have the satisfaction of making something that you can feel proud of.

Potential Projects

After a health and safety briefing and a guide on using the equipment available we will then introduce the following projects which you will be able to work on throughout the week at your own pace

·A bird house/bug hotel

·A scroll saw puzzle

·A pen turned on a wood lathe

·A small wood desk lamp which will incorporate laminating wood

There will be an opportunity to explore the range of hobby wood working tools and equipment on the market and discuss what would be needed to get started at home.

What you need

For safety reasons please avoid wearing loose fitting clothes (getting caught in a fast spinning machine can really ruin your day) and wear sensible shoes (no sandals - as you can imagine crushed toes can really hurt).

Please bring a willingness to;

·Have a go

·Have fun and

·Try something different


Course Tutor

Petina Simner

About Petina


Petina was taught how to knit aged 9 by her Grandma and has had 'something' on a set of needles since then. (Including the embarrassing forgotten about projects in the back of the cupboard that never quite got finished or are still waiting to be sewn together). Although time to knit has varied at different life points it has always been a source of relaxation and creativity with family and friends finding themselves in receipt of various gifts. Petina is a member of staff in the college's Design and Technology Department and loves being creative. As someone who finds it hard to sit still she finds knitting in particular relaxing, absorbing and once in the flow meditative. She aims to create an atmosphere which is welcoming, relaxing, fun and productive and will give everyone a lifelong skill



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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

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1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM