Pole lathe and greenwood weekend
Try your hand at the ancient craft of the pole
lathe - a weekend introduction
with natural materials in a peaceful, rural setting is incredibly
therapeutic and very fulfilling; a whole gear change and a 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 wood still green and 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 greenwood and different tree
- Cleaving greenwood
- The shave horse and use of the draw knife
- Introduction to the pole lathe and basic 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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day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email email@example.com
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email or post) and make your payment by cheque or click on the button
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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 each day.
The activity leader has nearly 30 years experience in greenworking and the pole lathe and is DBS checked.
North Pennines - Weardale
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