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The Hollower Woodturning Course with Phil Irons

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
2 Day Course on hollow form turning, wood selection & finishing.

This two day course is designed for those who wish to explore the art of turning hollow forms using salvaged and reclaimed wet wood. The course will cover: A visit to the wood yard to see what is entailed in the recognition, selection, sourcing and harvesting of suitable timbers that have no commercial value other than firewood. You will be shown how to cut and prepare with a chainsaw. The safest and most secure holding methods on the lathe. How to use and exploit the versatility of the Ellesworth or Celtic grind bowl gouge so that it becomes your "go to" tool helping you achieve simple proportion, shape and form to give your work elegance. The workshop is equipped with just about every hollowing tool available as well as various rigs to hold them and I will teach you my technique for hollowing which simplifies the control of the wall thickness reducing the risk of destroying the piece. You will learn different methods of sanding and finishing as well hints and tips on creating perfect hollow forms.

More Information

  • The Workshop
  • Course Fees
  • Local Eateries
  • Accommodation
  • About Phil Irons

The workshop is a 48sq metre log cabin designed specifically as a high quality teaching facility to comfortably accommodate 3 students. It has double glazed windows to ensure an abundance of natural daylight. The cabin has an insulated tiled floor which is not only comfortable to stand on but also ensures that any dropped tools won’t get damaged. Superbly equipped with Vicmarc and Robust lathes and Vicmarc and Axminster chucks. Each work station benefits from a fully integrated dust extraction system with blast gates and flexible stay-put nozzle. The lathes are also fitted with magnetic remote switch boxes and sturdy metal anglepoise lamps. Henry Taylor and Woodcut turning and hollowing tools are provided. In the cooler months there is an indoor coffee area with a small library. In the warmer months there is a choice of two patio areas to enjoy refreshments and make acquaintances. There is a gallery area where finished work is displayed to offer inspiration.

The Starter. 2 day course £290.00

The Hollower. 2 day course £300.00

The Decorator. 2 day course £300.00



The fee covers a visit to a timber merchant (where applicable) tuition and all materials required. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. 


AWGB members will receive a 10% discount on course fees on production of a valid membership card.

Eateries in Welford on Avon

The Bell Inn in the centre of the village has been the voted the Warwickshire Dining Pub of the Year 2017, 2018, 2019  and has some of the very good local ales on tap.

The Shakespeare Inn is nearer to the workshop and had been newly refurbished it serves good pub grub.

Eateries in Stratford upon Avon

There are lots of places to eat in town but a favourite of ours is Il Moro.

Il Moro is a small, intimate, family run Italian restaurant with a Sardinian Twist. Situated just 2 minutes from the centre of Stratford upon Avon, and 5 minutes from the Royal Shakespeare Theatres.

A list of Accommodation that I recommend 

Threeways Farmhouse B&B

Weston Farm
Weston upon Avon
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 8JY
Tel: 01789 750688
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Web: http://www.threewaysfarmhouse.co.uk

This B&B is less than a mile from the workshop in the hamlet of Weston on Avon. They have a great little farm shop, selling their own produce and local free range eggs.


The Cottage of Content Country Pub

15 Welford Road
Bidford on Avon
B50 4NP
Tel: 01789 772279
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Web: https://www.cottageofcontent.com/rooms

This is a lovely traditional country pub with a caravan/campsite with electrical hook ups. They have 8 rooms ranging in price from £20 - £60 and do good pub grub all day. It is 3 miles from the workshop and very easy to find. The rooms can be booked directly or through Airbnb.

Church Farm B&B

Marion Walters
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 8AX
Tel: 01789 720471
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A farm stay B&B approximately 2.5 miles from the workshop with twelve rooms in either the main house or a converted stable block with free WiFi

Stratford upon Avon

Faviere Guest House

Juan & Louise
Faviere Guest House
127 Shipston Road
CV37 7LW
Tel: 01789 293 764

This B&B is within walking distance of Stratford town centre, 300m from the Tramway Inn and five miles from the workshop. They have a deal with a local hotel for the use of the 18m swimming pool and the well equiped gym. There are also spa treatments available.



Phil Irons in his Woodturning Workshop

Born in Australia, Phil was brought up with wood in the family, his father was a woodworker and together with his mother they were antique restorers.

Phil’s introduction to woodturning came at the age of 13 when his father acquired a cast iron child’s treadle lathe, made in the USA in the 1870s. He took it up as a serious hobby in his late 20s and after a six year spell in the travel industry he took the decision in 1994 to make it his profession.

His knowledge and appreciation of English timbers was initially gained from working as a tree surgeon/forester for several years.

He has won numerous awards in national competitions and is regularly invited to teach and demonstrate his techniques nationally and at an international level, including, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA. Phil is the author of several magazine articles and a best selling project book “Woodturning, Two in One” that has been translated into nine languages.

He is best known for his coloured vessels and hollow forms with their clear, beautiful shapes and flowing lines, always striving for the perfect form. He uses wood salvaged from tree surgeons and firewood merchants. This wood often has no other commercial value other than as firewood.

His reason for colouring wood is to enhance the hidden figure in white woods usually crotch wood or ripple, Sycamore, Silver birch, Ash, Maple, and the like.
Taking something very bland and using bright contemporary colours to make the figure “pop” so that the beautiful "hidden" figure can be seen from a distance rather than just close up.

He is the current President of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, a member of the American Association of Woodturners and a Registered Professional Turner.

The Hollower Course Gallery

About Phil Irons

Born in Australia, Phil is an Award winning woodturner best known for his coloured vessels and hollow forms.

He is a member of the AAW and the AWGB and a Registered Professional Turner.