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Learn to turn wooden bowls on a traditional wood turning lathe (pole lathe/treadle lathe)


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Starting with an un-seasoned log, you will use traditional axe work techniques to rough-out a bowl blank ready to mount on the lathe. You will then use your own energy to operate the pole lathe, learning how to shape the outside and inside of your wooden bowl. This is a very old method of making wooden bowls by hand.

At the end of the day you will go home with a bowl you have turned yourself and if you're new to greenwood work you will have learned some of the fundamental principles involved in this traditional way of working with unseasoned timber and simple hand tools.

If you have been turning bowls for some time but still find specific parts of the process a challenge (undercutting the core or getting a clean finish from the tools for example) I can help move you forward. I can also guide you through more advanced projects such as turning bowls with handles, quaich turning or turning end-grain drinking vessels.

Group bowl turning days cost £110pp.

One to one courses are available on request and dates can be flexible. Please see my website for more info or get in touch to arrange a date.

Sharif first fell in love with carving wood when he studied violin making at London Guildhall University. His passion now is working with green or unseasoned wood, carving spoons, turning bowls on a pole lathe and passing on the skills he has learned to others through his courses.

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What's included in the price?

All materials, tea, coffee and biscuits.


Sharif Adams at Sharif Adams
Sharif's Workshop
North Bovey
TQ13 8RD
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I have been turning bowls for a little while now, but needed some help perfecting some techniques and moving on to more advanced bowls. I spent a day with Sharif learning how to use the hook tools with more accuracy, as well learning how to turn Quaich bowls.
I also spent a day learning how to forge the hook tools necessary for turning bowls.
I really enjoyed the course, Sharif was very knowledgeable and able to really help me to progress with bowl turning.

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