Pole lathe and green wood
weekend / two day
Try your hand at the ancient craft of green wood working and the pole
latheTurning 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.
- Properties of green wood and different tree
- Cleaving green wood
- The shave horse and use of the draw knife
- Introduction to the pole lathe and green wood turning
- The roughing out gouge and the flat chisel
- Make a “priest” or a rolling pin
- An introduction to the spindle gouge and skew
- Make a baby’s rattle
£100 per person for two people (£100 each); £40 per additional group
Individual one-to-one booking available at £200. Accommodation not
included; see booking information.
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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 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 working and the pole lathe and is DBS checked.
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