How To Build A Pole Lathe

For the past year or so I have been consulting for the Gover Valley Forest Project; passing on and sharing skills to help them manage and maintain their own small woodland near St Austell, Cornwall. Back in May I designed and helped them construct their own portable pole lathe to use in the woods.

The group was separated into smaler units to work on the poppets, legs and bed.

Working on the shavehorse

Working on the legs with the drawknife and shavehorse

This 1 -day workshop is an intensive day with everyone having to lend a hand and get stuck into the work to have a working pole lathe by 4pm! It incorporates many green woodwork skills to achieve a working lathe, including axe work, shavehorse, brace and bit joints etc .

Using The Brace and Bit

Using The Brace and Bit

Axe work on the leg joints

Axe work on the leg joints

Well done everyone for all the hard work, and getting it done on time.

The final working pole lathe

The final working pole lathe

If you are interested in learning about coppicing or Green Woodwork, please contact me via at gregh@futuretracks.co.uk

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