Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
Spend a day in my woodland workshop learning about Green Woodwork and using a pole lathe. We will cover wood selection; cleaving; axe work; shaping with a shave horse and drawknife; pole lathe turning; finishing and drying. This is a great introduction to a breadth of green wood work tools and techniques. There is usually time to make a few items during the day such as a dibber, priest, spurlte, foot roller, etc. If preferred we can use the shave horse to make a spatula.
I can cater for up to groups of 2 people. Students must be 16 or over or 15 and accompanied by a participating adult. Courses can also be run on weekdays by arrangement.
The course is perfect for novices, you'll get a good grounding in green woodwork practice and theory. For those already turning on a pole lathe I can offer intermediate lessons on the same basis as the beginners course to refine your techniques and design.
What's included in the price?
All refreshments including a hearty lunch of soup or a ploughmans are provided. Use of all tools and materials are also included. There is an opportunity to purchase any tools available such as knives, axes or lathe centres should you wish.
An excellent day with Chris. The setting is fantastic, food was great, plenty of opportunity to chat (over tea).
Chris has a great knack of teaching at just the right level, supporting and helping when needed and allowing us to get on with it when we were feeling more sure footed.
I am now building my own equipment based on follow up information he was generous enough to send me.
The setting, tuition and atmosphere was fantastic! I was lucky enough to be on my own learning about using a pole lathe. Chris tailored the course to suit my needs and was able to get the balance of independent learning and instruction just right. The course was timed well with appropriate breaks that allowed me to find out more information about techniques we were using. The email with information afterwards will support me to use what I learnt at home
Such a lovely day in a beautiful rural woodland environment. I cannot believe I started with a log and ended up with a gorgeous dibber. It's such a satisfying and enjoyable process using simple tools and a treadle lathe - no electricity! Chris is masterful in his use of all tools, and it is fascinating to watch such an expert in action. He's very patient with complete beginners like me and strikes a really good balance between demonstrating and assisting and letting us get on with it. He has a very supportive and encouraging style so no one need be in fear of feeling silly or intimidated. The food was very good plus lots of tea provided, and we had plenty of interesting chats about all sorts of things. It was a really good and satisfying day and I learnt so much. Thank you Chris!
I loved everything about this day. Chris guided us through the process with a wonderful teaching style and real enthusiasm for the craft. I was in no doubt that I was learning from a master. The pace of the day was just right with suitable attention to tea breaks. The conversations with Chris and my fellow student throughout the day enhanced the enjoyment of the course. Best of all, the day reawakened the long dormant enjoyment of lathe craft that I first remember in school woodwork class forty years ago.
It was an excellent day of very expert tuition from Chris Allen. He has the knack of distilling his expertise and experience into a day of enjoyable and valuable teaching.
I would highly recommend his pole lathe course, not least for the excellent lunch that broke up a day of intense concentration.
Just want to say how much I enjoyed my day with you, really made me realize how difficult these crafts actually are. Thank you for making it so worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this as a gift/treat to other like-minded friends.