Who’s it for?
This pole lathing course has been carefully designed for those who would like to develop their craft skills working with traditional, sustainable materials in a stunning ancient woodland location. Don’t worry if you don’t have any previous greenwood working skills, we’ll guide you through the prcocess from start to finish.
Whilst we’re certain that you’ll leave us with some great hand crafted items, you’ll also leave us with new found confidence and ability and an appreciation of the wondeful material that wood is.
What will I do on this pole lathing course?
We’ll start the course by showing you how to safely use an axe. We’ll look at selecting your wood, splitting techniques and a variety of methods to cross cut the wood for the raw materials.
You will be shown how to cleft greenwood and use an axe, draw knife and a shave horse to shape the wood.
You will then get to use a traditional woodland pole lathe where students have turned dibblers, rolling pins, spirtles, honey drizzlers, chair legs and even potato mashers!!
All of the materials you use are sustainably sourced from our own woodland in line with our management plan.
Turning tools, froes, draw knives, a selection of axes are all provided.
You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: Maximum of 4
Catering: Bring a packed lunch
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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