Bowl Turning on a Pole-Lathe 2 (October 2022)

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Two Day Course – Cost £160 Deposit £80

Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October 2022

Learn to turn bowls the really old fashioned way and enjoy the fulfilment of  producing this most fundamental possession from raw materials.  This craft dates back to the Iron Age and possibly earlier.  Using traditional hook tools and a foot powered lathe you’ll learn to produce a bowl using techniques that date back hundreds of years.
Working with Doug Don, a local green woodworker, you’ll start with a log and through the use of traditional tools and processes you’ll cleave, chop and carve a blank till you can mount it on the lathe and then using only the power of your body you’ll turn that blank into a bowl.
In a small group you’ll learn about the different kinds of timber you can use, the lathe and the tools you need and a little bit of the history behind this amazing craft. You should leave the weekend with at least one bowl and all the knowledge you need to start turning bowls for yourself.
 This can be a demanding course due to the weight of the bowl blank and the need to keep it spinning. We take plenty of breaks and there are lots of stops to talk about the turning but a basic level of fitness is needed.

1 review for Bowl Turning on a Pole-Lathe 2 (October 2022)

  1. Paul Davies

    Loved this two day break. First day I was chewing through the wood and the bowl was a bit hairy but hey it was a bowl. The second day I had learned to wait until I got the right angle and my cuts were smoother. Total success. Next up is make the pole lathe itself. Our teacher had so much skill and endless patience which was the key.

    • Canolfan

      Thank you for your positive feedback. We will pass it on to the tutor. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Woodland Skills Centre

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