wood turning on pole lathe

The pole lathe: making a stool using green wood in North East England, the North Pennines, Northumberland, Durham and Kielder

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Greenwood working on a pole latheThe pole lathe - making a stool

The ancient craft of the pole lathe: from green wood to a stool

This week is aimed at beginners and those with some basic knowledge of green wood working and the pole lathe wanting to improve their skills. You’ll make a four-legged stool with a woven sea grass seat to take away with you.

You’ll learn how to set up and use the shave horse and the pole lathe getting plenty of practice and expert guidance working on a carefully selected project that will introduce and develop your skills on the pole lathe with each of the main chisels. You’ll learn to make simple joints used in stool 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 green wood turning and stool making
Properties of green wood and different tree species
Cleaving green wood
Introduction to the shave horse and using the draw knife
Introduction to the pole lathe and basic green wood turning
The roughing out gouge and the flat chisel
Introduction to the spindle gouge and skew chisel
Introduction to the stool making project
Day Two
Making the stool parts
(If you already have some experience with the tools then there is the opportunity to be creative with the legs if desired)
Day Three
Making the stool parts
Wood finishes used in green wood turning
Drying the legs and stretchers
Day Four
An introduction to the joints used in stool making
Making the joints
Assembly of parts
Day Five
Finish stool assembly
Weaving a sea grass seat
Duration: 5 days; 7 to 8 hours per day

Cost: 500 for two people (250 each); 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 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 six. Participants should be 16 or over. Although not too strenuous an activity you will need to be able to stand at the pole 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 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

One day introduction to green wood turning on the pole lathe

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

Make a chair on the pole lathe
a one week course