Pole Lathing Course


pole lathing course | Kent | London | south east

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.

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    Other information

    Location: Westwell, Kent

    Duration:  1 day

    Start: 10am

    End: 4pm

    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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    Jack Raven Bushcraft
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     by Charlie Palmer
    April 2024

    Steve was excellent and a thorough teacher, teaching us about several aspects of woodworking, not limited to lathing but beyond. The product I got to bring home reflected what I had learnt and will be a great keepsake.

     by Billy Dean
    May 2023

    Great day learning pole lathing. The instructor Steve was very knowledgeable and a generally nice person. I came away tired and with a new skill.