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.
What's included in the price?
All materials, tuition and use of tools are included. Due to Covid restrictions, learners are asked to bring their own food and cup for drinks this year. There will be kettle fire with tea, coffee and herb teas provided.
We are currently operating smaller groups to allow for social distancing.