Course: Pole lathe turning taster day: spindle turning
"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 for these sessions is in the workshop shelter in the woods next to May Hill scout hut and campsite. The 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 include a rolling pin, a rounders bat, a spinning top or a mallet; or maybe you have your own ideas... Certainly one finished item, maybe two or more are achievable in the day.
The source of the materials is all around – May Hill woodlands comprises 100s of acres of ancient woodland, managed in a sensitive and sustainable way. Native hardwoods are harvested within the estate, 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 day!
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.