Green wood turning on the pole lathe
modern factory production every single chair, stool,
bowl, rolling pin and anything else you can think of that was made from
wood was produced on a pole lathe from freshly felled green
wood. It is a skill that is possibly thousands of
years old and yet it is easily learnt.
During our pole lathe activities you will learn how to use the pole lathe
and how to turn green wood using the four main chisels. You’ll make a
item to take away with you and can extend your skills during our stool
chair making workshops.
natural materials in a peaceful, rural setting is incredibly
therapeutic and very fulfilling. A whole gear change and a world away
from busy modern life.
skill of basket weaving is possibly as old as
the human species. Willow, when green or
dried and soaked, is extremely pliable and can be woven into tough
items from a willow basket to fish traps and even chairs.
You’ll use English willow withies in our
activities to learn some of the techniques for making useful containers
willow baskets. Although a simple skill to
learn it is hugely satisfying with a great sense of accomplishment.
You’ll leave with your finished willow basket and
hopefully the urge to explore and extend your skills in this
ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher
for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.