About the Course
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.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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.
This was an excellent day with superb tuition from Chris. I had my own project in mind and Chris had done his research and knew exactly the best way to achieve what I wanted. His teaching style was a good combination of theory, demonstration and hands on experience, he also allows you the to get on with it yourself which gave me a lot of confidence in the new skills I was learning. After the course Chris provided comprehensive course notes and links to tool suppliers and sources of further information. The food and refreshments provided were also excellent and I would definitely recommend this course.
Jennifer Hoodless - - #15652
Superb all round . The setting , the tutelage, the food and tea - all superb. A greatly enjoyable and rewarding day at a good pace . Thoroughly recommended !
Gerald Abrahams - - #15277
A hugely informative and enjoyable day. Chris is an excellent teacher - very patient and able to transmit not only the 'how' but the 'why' of what you're doing so that you truly learn rather than just going through the motions. He assists when necessary but always lets you retain ownership of your piece, go at your own pace and get sufficient practice in each step. His workshop is well-stocked and he has a selection of each type of tool which you can use in order to learn more about your tool preferences.
Overall, a most excellent teacher with a well designed course. The beautiful, tranquil setting and the absolutely delicious home-made food were an extra bonus. I would thoroughly recommend this.
Mary Cleaton - - #11469
What a fantastic day: a wonderful setting, expert tuition and delicious refreshments - and a dibber to show off to family and friends!
Chris Allen is an excellent teacher: he assesses your ability very quickly and offers just the right amount of help and guidance, whilst allowing you a free hand to progress at your own speed.
A thoroughly enjoyable day.
Geni Najman - - #11248
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.
Edward George - - #10350
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
Matthew Reay - - #10289
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!
Teresa Robinson - - #9768
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.
Andrew Walker - - #9742
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.
Adam Mynott - - #8970
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.
Chris G - - #8919
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