Course: Pole lathe taster days
"Bodging" aka pole lathe turning has seen a considerable revival over the past few years. If you've ever seen the bodger at the local country show, with the treadle bouncing up and down, shavings flying, revealing the finished item, maybe you would like to have a go yourself... This is an opportunity to spend a full day turning green wood on a pole lathe; it's absorbing fun, and the academics tell us it's highly therapeutic!
The venue is the woodturning area in the courtyard of the National Trust’s idyllic Lower Brockhampton House. The Wood Turning workshop is equipped with plenty of shave horses and pole lathes to enable learners to make a wide range of beautiful and functional items. Possible projects range from a rolling pin, rounders bat or spinning top to a lidded shrink pot or a mallet. Certainly one finished item, maybe two or more are achievable in the day.
The source of the materials is all around – Lower Brockhampton Estate has 700 acres of woodland, and is an ancient woodland site, managed in a sensitive and sustainable way. Native hardwoods are harvested on within the estate, to be crafted into a range of items, using traditional methods and simple hand tools.
The National Trust café provides a delicious lunch for those learning the turning.
Enjoy this ancient and absorbing craft, coached by an experienced artisan tutor, and take the fruits of your labour home with you at the end of the day!
What's included in the price?
All materials, tuition and use of tools are included, as are refreshments and lunch.