German Nutcrackers

Woodturning a German Nutcracker Course

Course Details

Level: Beginner

Maximum five students are taught in a group during this course.

Duration: 2 Days

Course hours will run from 9:00am-5:00pm (including approx half an hour for lunch).

Price: £225.00

Price includes VAT, all required materials,
required tools and a light lunch.

Delve into our two day course and learn how to build your very own, charismatic German Nutcracker Figure, woodturning each piece from scratch.

German Nutcracker figures have for centuries been given as presents, acting as good luck charms by scaring off bad spirits with their gnashers. This is why you find the cracker’s have strong authoritative styles such as soldiers, kings or queens. Today, Nutcrackers have become ornamental and are linked to Christmas often given as presents. The cracker mechanism (gnashers) have become more for show as they’re neither large or strong enough to crack nuts!

What you will learn

Our two day course encompasses the making of the Nutcracker figures from start to finish. Depending on which style you choose to make, it may consist of anything up to 15 pieces.

Types of Nutcracker you can make:

  • Staff holding soldier
  • Drummer soldier
  • King
  • Queen

You will cover basic turning techniques, alongside the main chisel types. With guidance throughout from your tutor you will make your Nutcracker figure, building from the feet to the crown. Following this, you will then go on to turn your Nutcracker’s instruments or weapons. As well as turning the main components, there will be the opportunity to use the router and look at a simple router box construction. You will discuss paints, airbrushing and embellishment including material selection, buttons and artificial hair. However, these tasks will need to be done at home to allow sufficient drying time.

What you will take home

  • Your Nutcracker figure
  • Certificate of attendance
  • ‘How to’ - Course details

Items you take home can change depending on the resources and materials available on the day.

Additional information

You will start your day with a welcome talk, including a hot drink, health and safety brief and a breakdown and review of the equipment you will be using.

This course is designed for all abilities.

The minimum age is 14 years old and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the course and must not be left unattended during class hours. If you would like to read our terms and conditions click here.

Colwin Way

Course Tutor

Colwin Way - Meet your tutor

What our students say...

I will certainly book another course with Axminster

I was recommended to attend this course as I had no experience for 50 years of woodturning. I spent two days with an exceptional firm with exceptional staff and cannot recommend them highly enough. The administration was perfect, the tutor was polite, knowledgeable, approachable and friendly and I have to say that the visit was money well spent. I will certainly book another course with Axminster. If all businesses were run this way with the same type of staff the country would be booming.

David R, Beginners Woodturning (2 day)

My only criticism - it was all over too soon!

What a superb couple of days spent in the company of Nick Agar whilst being introduced to the field of woodturning texturing an colouring. Expert demonstration and explanation of techniques and tool use throughout with plenty of time for questions and answers and one to one guidance. The course is set at intermediate level but Nick tempered his instruction to meet the knowledge and experience of each student and made it such a memorable experience. Thanks Nick. Thanks also go to Colwin and Ben for the work they put in behind the scenes (and of course for sorting out the all important elevenses and lunch). My only criticism - it was all over too soon!

Alan B, Using Colour & Texture with Nick Agar

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