Construct a Pole Lathe -FULLY BOOKED

Date(s) - 18 Jun 2022 until 19 Jun 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This two day pole lathe making workshop takes you through the basic construction of two pole lathe designs, and some turning techniques to get you started. 

The pole lathe is the fundamental piece of equipment for any budding greenwood worker or turner looking for a more ecological sustainable hobby.

The origin of turning dates to around 1300 BC when the Egyptians first developed a two-person lathe. One person would turn the wood with a rope while the other used a sharp tool to cut shapes in the wood. The Romans improved the Egyptian design with the addition of a turning bow. Early bow lathes were also developed and used in Germany, France and Britain. In the middle Ages a foot pedal replaced hand-operated turning still being the basic design we use today, freeing both the craftsman’s hands to hold the woodturning tools. The pedal was usually connected to a pole, often a straight-grained sapling. The system today is called the “spring pole” or “pole lathe“, Spring / pole lathes were in common use into the early 20th century and still in use today with the resurgence of greenwood crafts.

Basic hand woodworking tools will be used for the course, including panel saw, brace and bit, bench plane, draw knife and shave horse work, some basic practical skills would be an advantage, but not essential for the course.

We will be working outside under cover, so suitable clothes and foot wear should be worn.

By the end of the weekend you’ll be taking home a finished pole lathe which will pack up into a standard sized car boot.

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Tutor: Craftsman Tony Eames of Earth Encounters

Fee: £110 per person (plus additional material costs of £90-£100, to be paid either in cash on the day or in advance by bank transfer directly to Tony’s account. Let us know if you need the bank details). 

For terms and conditions of bookings please click here

NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.

  • This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.
  • Please do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
  • Please come prepared to work outdoors undercover, with plenty of warm clothing. 
  • Don’t forgot to bring your packed lunch!

You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list. 

For accommodation during this workshop in our self-catering Eco Lodge, shared Dormitory or Eco Campsite please do get in touch to check availability.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.



Bookings are closed for this event.

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