Pole lathing


I had a fantastic day today at our woodland camp.  I was getting some pole lathing lessons from Ross as I want to be able to do more with this traditional woodland skill.  The photo below is of Ross making a Victorian style potato masher.  He’s using a gauge that cost £1 at a boot fair and fitted with a homemade handle.  Gauges are used to rough out the piece.

I also managed to make a potato masher and I also made a couple of 1 legged seats, traditionally used by charcoal burners so they didn’t fall asleep.  They’re pretty cool and surprisingly comfortable to sit on.

Ross pole lathing

pole lathing | south east | Kent

Check out some more photos of our pole lathes and shave horses here and here.

You can also see loads of photos taken on our courses on our Facebook page.


About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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