Green wood turning on the pole lathe: an introduction
Try your hand at the ancient craft of the pole
lathe turning fresh green woodTurning 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.
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
- Properties of green wood and different tree
- 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
- Make a “priest” or a rolling pin
Cost: £100 for two people (£50 each); £20 per additional group member.
Individual one-to-one booking available at £100.
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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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