Pen Turning Course

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Pen Turning Course

Important: if you or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, even if it's mild, you should stay at home.

Learn a new skill or develop an existing one at Turners Retreat!

Held at our store in Harwoth, near Doncaster, this is a one-day hands on course with our pen turning tutor, Mick Hanbury. No prior knowledge is needed on this course but having done some woodturning is an advantage.

If you would like to try turning for the first time, we recommend participating in the Woodturning Course before the Pen Turning course, as it will be more beneficial to your learning and progression.

The course covers tool and material selection, kit styles, setting out and drilling, mandrel and bushing systems right through to presentation of your finished pen or pencil. Normally, you would make a matched pen and pencil set in the morning and a more advanced, pen, rollerball or fountain, after lunch.

Our facilities include all personal safety protection and our fully insured workshop is equipped with dust extraction systems. All materials required for the course are included.

To top off this excellent course, you will also receive a 10% discount off selected products you wish to buy from our store on the day!

What you need to bring

  • Your desire to learn!
  • Face covering as a precaution if you would like to wear one
  • Your own lunch and refreshments

Hot drinks and bottled water will be available.

We also advise that you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and clothes you don't mend getting a bit dusty. Please note, woodturning smocks will not be provided during this time but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one.


The day runs from 10am to 4pm with a break in the middle for lunch. We ask that you try to arrive between 9:30am - 9:45am to meet the other students and have an initial chat with your tutor before the course begins.


Free on-site parking is available.

Book your place

In order to ensure a high ratio of student/mentor time, our Pen Turning courses are limited to a maximum of three students, ensuring each student has enough personal space and receives the maximum help and assistance necessary. Places are sold on a first come, first served basis. We advise that you book early to avoid disappointment!

Our Pen Turning Course dates are all shown above.

Important: if you are feeling unwell, we would appreciate it if you could postpone visiting us until you are feeling better. To reschedule a booking, please call us on 01302 744344.

If you have any questions or special requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you!

Customer Reviews

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"Mick was an outstanding instructor and made it a an excellent day. I finished the day feeling confident, enlightened and ready to take this up as a hobby"
Star Rating 5
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"Excellent+++. Great course. Friendly, almost individual instruction. Highly recommended."
Star Rating 5
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Star Rating 5
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