Wood Turning On A Pole Lathe

Wood Turning On A Pole Lathe



A One Day Course

  Wood turning on a pole lathe  



A highly enjoyable, practical, hands-on day experiencing the joys of turning greenwood using a pole-lathe. Pole-lathe technology has been used for millennia to turn all sorts of things, from stone beads to wooden bowls, children's toys to chair legs - a craft that was still alive as a profession only 50 or 60 years ago until it was made obsolete by modern power tools.



Course Programme:
One Day, 9.30am - 4.30pm


What To Expect:


Suitable for complete beginners and experienced wood-turners. You will go through the process of taking a fresh cut log and using an axe, drawknife and finally chisels to turn items on a foot-powered pole-lathe to take home.

1. Introduction and demonstration
An introduction to and demonstration of the tools we will use, the wood and the process of turning greenwood on the pole-lathe.  This starts with splitting a billet from a log, axing a blank, shaving the blank on the shave horse using a drawknife then mounting the blank on the pole-lathe to start turning.

2. Your turn!
Pick up the tools and have a go.  Richard will be on hand to help out and answer questions.

A demonstration and instruction of how to use the axe and shavehorse to make shaved items and your chance to have a go.

3. Make your own items
Once you are familiar with the process (and if time allows) you can continue making other items.


An informal, fun, hands-on day in a small group, learning and experiencing the joys of turning greenwood on a pole-lathe.  You will be hooked!

Course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input. Stout footwear must be worn, NO OPEN-TOED SHOES PLEASE!

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:

Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.

If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please arrive at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start.


Course Tutor:
Richard Ely


Richard Ely



Richard has 12 years experience running his own business making greenwood and coppice crafts products in and around the Battle area. Richard started out doing apprenticeships in 2005 with greenwood legends Mike Abbott (Living Wood) in Herefordshire and Ben Law (of Grand Designs fame) in West Sussex and has since worked full-time as a greenwood craftsman.



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