wood turning on pole lathe

The pole lathe: an introduction to turning green wood in North East England, the North Pennines, Northumberland, Durham and Kielder


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an introduction to green wood workingGreen wood turning on the pole lathe: an introduction

Try your hand at the ancient craft of the pole lathe turning fresh green wood

Turning green wood on a pole lathe in a peaceful, rural setting is incredibly therapeutic and very fulfilling; a whole gear change and world away from busy modern life. We’ll be using the trees that grow naturally around us in ways that our ancestors once did. You’ll find out how to work with green wood still fresh from the tree; you’ll split it, shape it on a shave horse and then turn it on a traditional pole lathe. This is how chairs, stools, bowls, rolling pins and a host of other household objects used to be made.

We'll cover:
  • Properties of green wood and different tree species
  • Cleaving green wood
  • The shave horse and use of the draw knife
  • Introduction to turning green wood on the pole lathe
  • The roughing-out gouge and the flat chisel
  • An introduction to the spindle gouge and skew chisel
  • Make a “priest” or a rolling pin
Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Cost: 100 for two people (50 each); 20 per additional group member.
Individual one-to-one booking available at 100.

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; 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 10. 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.

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

Location: North Pennines - Weardale

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Our other green wood and pole lathe course options

Weekend/Two day introduction to geen wood turning on the pole lathe

Make a chair on the pole lathe
a one week course


Make a stool on the pole lathe
a one week course