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Course: Make and Use a Touch-Wood Lathe

Course: Make and Use a Touch-Wood Lathe

The course involves some carpentry, but tuition provided so no experience necessary; although it is a very busy 3 days! All materials are provided. 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 achieved using the adjustable tool rest, which can be locked in any position using a wedge the same as the poppets (head and tail stocks).The legs are held in place by gravity, and you will use the "sliding dovetail" joint to set this up. 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.

The source of the materials is all around – Herefordshire woodlands are rich in ancient woodland, and we help to manage them in a sensitive and sustainable way. We use native hardwoods, harvested locally, to be crafted into a range of items, using traditional methods and simple hand tools.

Camping is available on site, please enquire.

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 course!

What's included in the price?

All materials, tuition and use of tools are included.

We have a kettle fire circle with drinks and biscuits on hand.

Please bring a packed lunch on the days.