Tuition &


Tel/Fax ….01854 655334


We do tuition at our workshop on a one to one basis. Alec is the tutor.

We take all categories of skill from the complete novice who wishes to start woodturning as a hobby, or from the hobby turner wishing to improve his or her skills.

The rate is £18.00 per hour, with a minimum of 2 hours being required. We also suggest a maximum of 4 hours, with bookings being taken at least 4 weeks in advance.

Pupils should bring with them their own hand tools, if only to get them checked for angles, profiles and ofcourse sharpness, along with some form of eye protection. Safety glasses can be provided where required.

Bed and breakfast accommodation can be arranged in a local guest house where required.

See below for accommodation links.

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 Alec at one of the Union Jubilee lathes in the workshop. This would be the lathe that most of the pupils would use.



A weed pot being turned.

By Alec Mutch.

Demonstrations                 For next dates and schedule, see below.


We do demonstrations to clubs or business’s wishing to promote woodturning. The club or business is required to have a lathe and all the main accessories, i.e. faceplates, chuck, drive centre etc, we would supply everything else i.e. hand tools, timber, finishing materials etc.

The cost would be £80.00  per half day, plus travel expenses etc, or £150.00 for the whole day, with lunch and expenses additional. Four weeks advance booking is required. Alec Mutch is the demonstrator.
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Customer comments.


30/06/06                             by e-mail


I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Alec and Rosie and Alec’s tuition on woodturning for a basic beginner. Their sign caught my eye when driving north to Ullapool for a day while on holiday. So I called in on the returning drive to look round the showroom and decided to book a two hour course of tuition before the end of my holiday.

Alec was an excellent tutor for me, with his good natured humour helping to dispel my apprehension. I have had a taster course on woodturning about 5 years ago and didn't follow it up but remembered the pleasure and satisfaction of the craft. Before the end of the two hours with Alec I was able to tackle a small bowl in beech wood , and he has an excellent sense of design—refining my basic effort to a pleasing profile. I was carefully (and safely) guided on the use and potential of several tools, and although I didn’t immediately retain all the details (there was a lot to take in for an O.A.P. memory like mine). I  later read up on the theory in books recommended by Alec and have since done some items on a small lathe with great pleasure. Many thanks for an unusual treat on my holiday and an additional potential hobby.


Every good wish to you both,

Barbara (Winkfield)





Barbara was fortunate to get in at such short notice, this can only happen if a place is available. To avoid disappointment book well in advance.

Tuition can take many forms, seen above is our section on Books, Videos, DVD’S and Magazines. For a complete list of what we have available in these categories, go to Catalogue page and then select Books, Videos and DVD’S. or click on the link provided here. 

   Books, Videos and DVD’S



Picture taken at a demonstration in Aberdeen, at The Grampian Woodturners Club, which was held in the St Devenicks Church hall, Cults, Aberdeen. Looking on intently are some of the club members, as Alec hollows out the inside of a natural edged Laburmum bowl. The c.c. camera was providing pictures to the TV alongside in close up of the hollowing procedure.

Below, The Grampian Woodturners Club, demonstration, 29th October 2006.

Customer comments—Demonstration.


31/10/2006                 by e-mail.


Alec’s demonstration skills are of the most professional; well researched and prepared. He has the essential ability to transfer his enthusiasm to his audience and his wry sense of humour is often used to emphasise some particular point. Alec’s approachable style makes his audience feel part of his demonstration.


Frank Beattie,

Club  Secretary,

Grampian Woodturners,




30/10/2006                by e-mail.


Thoroughly enjoyed your demonstration at Grampian Woodturners on Sunday, looking forward to next demonstration.


Harry Whyte,

Club Member,

Grampian Woodturners,




Accommodation links

[email protected]     Forest Way Lael Lochbroom 300yds from our shop.    12 miles from Ullapool, only 1 mile from our shop.   4 to 5 miles from Ullapool, 5 to 6 miles from our shop.      In the village of Ullapool, 10 miles from our shop.   In the village of Ullapool, 10 miles from our shop.       In the village of Ullapool, 10 miles from our shop.    12 miles south from our shop on the A835 Ullapool/Inverness road.


Customer comments.


05/04/2006         by letter.


Dear Mr & Mrs Mutch,

         We are all very pleased with our visit to you and are delighted with Hannah’ s bowl –so will her family be. I’ll be back with my family in the summer!

Thank you,

Edith M Wild,






Included with this letter was the note and sketch, (pictured right), from the two girls.






















Below are the dates of the demonstrations we have for 2014, these will be held in our own demonstration facility on site at our woodturning centre, all will start at 10am and end at 4pm, with a break mid morning and again for lunch, you may wish to bring a pack lunch, the facility will remain open throughout the whole day.


March  29th.

April  26th.

May  31st.


June to October dates and venue still to be determined.



Our thanks go out to all those who attended our March 14 demonstration, and a special thanks to Andy Walters for his excellent afternoon demonstration.


Our next demonstration will be held on Saturday 26th April 2014 all the usual start times will apply, I will be doing the morning session and hope to do some work with the Vacuum chuck and possibly some threading for table lamps or standard lamps.

The afternoon session will start at 2pm, Mark Sutton will be our guest turner and he will be demonstrating the art of hollow forms.


We hope to see you all then ,plenty of on site parking.