Wood Turning Courses & Costs


“Testing the water” come and make a bowl or platter, upto ½ day duration 75€

“Beginners and beyond” face plate turning courses either One day – 170€;  Two days – 320€;  Three days - 480€

“Large Bowl / Platter or  Large Wall Sculpture”220€ per day and 200€ per day there after, materials to be negotiated.  Please note that  this course is for the more experienced turner.


About the Courses

All courses are informal, hands on, one-2-one and aimed at your particular interests for you, the student. The pace of the course is to suit you, nobody else. Each course is structured  but can be flexible and can be customised to suit you to your individual needs and interests. All tools, materials (unless stipulated) are inclusive in the course. Courses start about 09:30 with breaks and finishing about 12:30 for half days and 16:30 to 17:00 for full days,  no rush to finish and time to recap on the day.  Refreshments are provided both morning and afternoon and lunch for the whole day students  (we require prior notice for special dietary needs) 

There are comprehensive course notes supplied for the "Beginners" course as an aide-memoire at the end of the course. I also offer unbiased advice for those students wishing to purchase tools and turning equipment.

ALL courses are  run during the week and can be taken by the half day and not necessarily consecutively, weekends by arrangement.



To book a course:

I will require a 20 € deposit (non returnable, transferable only with good notice or in exceptional circumstances). Balance to be paid on the day, payment may be by cash or cheque made payable to    John Mitchell


Gift Vouchers are available for all courses    There are no prices on vouchers, just type of course and issue number, payment in full prior to the course.  The receiver of the gift voucher would then make their own course date arrangements and would need to produce the voucher on the course day.



When making a booking please include your contact details, name, address and phone number.

All courses are non residential but accomodation can be found near by or Brantôme. We can help in finding accomodation wither it is just for the course or holiday. There are a lot of local attractions such as markets etc for your partner whilst you are on a turning course.


Where we are 

My atelier “L’Ame du Bois” is set just outside the village of Leguillac de Cercles, 14 kilometers north west of Brantôme in the northern part of the Dordogne, South West France. For better detail please see the Google Map on the Location Page above.


For  further information please use  the Contact page or for any other information please use my details below:

email:   johnmitchell@sfr.fr

Tel:      +33  (0)5 53 60 74 38


Mail:     John Mitchell
               Atelier l’ame du bois
               Chez Parot

               Leguillac de Cercles


Siret No 490 087 277 00011

MDA No  M686595