Course: Make and Use a Touch-Wood lathe
Make and use a pole lathe. The venue is in the courtyard at The National Trust's beautiful Lower Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire. The course involves some carpentry, but tuition provided so no experience necessary. The lathe should be completed in the first 2 days, allowing the 3rd day for getting the hang of using it. The lathe can be packed down and transported in the back of a car. Turning tools available to use and to buy at the course.
The unique thing about the "Touch-Wood lathe" is that a single lathe can be used for both hollow turning (e.g. bowls etc) and spindle turning (e.g. chairlegs etc), so a wide range of products can be made. This is acheived using the adjustable tool rest, which can be locked in any position using a wedge the same as the poppets (head and tail stocks). Powered by a treadle, with either a pole (as in pole lathe) acting as return spring; or a bungie can be used, set up above the lathe bed.
This is a great way to get into the absorbing therapeutic activity of pole lathe turning or "bodging". Bodgers are known for their resourcefulness and tend to create the tools they need from materials at hand, rather than visiting the DIY store; so bearing that in mind, building your own lathe is an ideal way to embark on this journey.
Find out more about the lathe on the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7d1XZ3UOZ4&t=6s
Course price includes materials. Lunch and refreshments provided by the National Trust each day. Excellent Bed and Breakfast is available at Lower Brockhampton Estate - search for Warren Farms for more details - or there are other local alternatives. Camping on site is also possible.