wood turning on pole lathe

Make a chair on the pole lathe using green wood in North East England, the North Pennines, Northumberland, Durham and Kielder

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The ancient craft of the pole lathe: making a chair using green wood

This week is aimed at those who are familiar with green wood working and green wood turning on the pole lathe and would like to improve their skills. You’ll make a chair with a woven sea grass seat to take away with you. You’ll get plenty of practice on the pole lathe and expert guidance working on a carefully selected project that will develop your green wood turning skills with each of the main chisels. You’ll learn to make simple joints used in chair making. You’ll discover the uses and properties of the various trees and the pleasure and satisfaction of working with green wood rather than seasoned wood.

Day One

An introduction to chair making
Selecting the wood
Cleaving revisited
Steam bending
Introduction to the week’s project
Making the chair parts
Day Two
Making the chair parts
Drying legs and stretchers
Steam bending back legs
Day Three
Making the chair parts
Steam bending back legs
Drying legs and stretchers
Day Four
Steam bending back legs
Drying legs and stretchers
Assembly of chair parts
Day Five
Finish chair assembly
Weaving a sea grass seat
Day Six (optional depending on progress of participants)
Finish chair assembly
Weaving a sea grass seat
Duration: 5 to 6 days depending on group: 7 to 8 hours per day

Cost: 250 per person for two people; 100 per additional group member.

Individual one-to-one booking available at 500. Accommodation not included; see booking information.

Booking: Ring or email to book tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and make your payment on line on the button below.

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Further information: Minimum group size two; maximum five. Participants should be 16 or over.
Although not too strenuous an activity you will need to be able to stand at the lathe for several hours pushing the treadle with your foot. Bring a packed lunch each day.

The activity leader has over 30 years experience in green wood working and the pole lathe and is DBS checked.

Location: North Pennines (Weardale)

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