The Workshop

The Black Dog Workshop is founded on a basis of promoting woodturning and encouraging self confidence and a sense of achievement through woodturning.

(This page will be updated with ‘proper’ photos and final information shortly)

Bathed in natural light from five, one metre high windows to the north-east and a large window to the south-east over looking the Hampshire country side, The Black Dog workshop is a haven for woodturning creatives.

galaxiDemonstration Lathe

As the main workshop and demonstration lathe, there is a Nova Galaxi DVR which enables the demonstrator to turn up to 400mm (16″) over the bed of the lathe and up to 1110mm (44″) between centres with the ability of 29″ over the side of the lathe with the headstock turned.

screenA good view is important when learning to turn, so this lathe has four HD cameras pointing to it with the images displayed in real time on a screen next to the lathe to allow students an unprecedented view of what is actually happening to the piece and the tools during every aspect of the demonstration

bdw_277Five Lathe Stations

There are five lathe stations available for visitor’s and student’s use. Four brand new Nova Comet II lathes and a circa 1992 Myford Mystro. Each station is fully equipped with Robert Sorby turning tools and everything a beginner and intermediate would need for a lesson or a day’s turning, complete with personal protection equipment.

bdw_161With a 570W electronic variable speed motor (forward and reverse), the Comet is the perfect lathe for turning bowls up to 300mm (12″) in diameter and spindles up to 420mm (16.5″) between centres.

The headstock of each of the comet lathes faces the natural light coming through the windows, enabling good visibility of the work-piece.


Other Facilities

Double bag Jet extractor and cyclone unit
Double bag Jet extractor and cyclone unit

The workshop features an extraction system with each lathe having it’s own port for dust and shavings. The whole system inside, leads to an externally housed monster Jet Extractor unit, to keep the workshop as quiet as possible. Also, the air in the workshop is completely filtered up to 12 times an hour with a ceiling mounted Jet filtration system.

Out the back of the workshop is a seating area overlooking a glorious south-east aspect of Hampshire, across fields and to the hills and trees beyond.

There will also be a Jet band saw in January 2017 for the cutting of blanks as well as chainsaw and saw-horse outside for the the preparation of raw timber, ready for drying out in the log store.

Oh….and the workshop is heated too – to keep the edge off winter turning temperatures.

Also On Site

The guys who came to help in the coffee shop enjoying lunch.
The guys who came to help in the coffee shop enjoying lunch.

In the garden centre where the Black Dog Workshop is situated, there is a popular coffee shop serving incredible coffee and hot food from 9am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 3pm on Sundays. This is where students will have lunch if booked onto a full day’s turning course. Here also, are the toilet facilities.