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Make and Use A Touch-Wood Pole Lathe


Duration: 3 days

Price: £400

Run by: Judith
at Small Woods Association

01952 432769

The Old Station
Station Road
Coalbrookdale
Telford
Shropshire
TF8 7DR

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About the Course

This is a great way to get into the absorbing therapeutic activity of pole lathe turning or “bodging”. Bodgers are known for their resourcefulness and tend to create the tools they need from materials at hand, rather than visiting the DIY store; so bearing that in mind, building your own lathe is an ideal way to embark on this journey.

The course programme:

Day 1 and 2

- Marking out lathe beds
- Cutting mortices for the sliding dovetail joints
- Making legs cleft and shaped from oak logs
- Cutting the shapes of the head and tail stocks and adjustable tool rest
- Creating wedges cut from 1′ hardwood boards
- Making treadle and setting up lathe for use

Day 3

- Explore the use of your newly made lathe

There will be plenty of tools, materials and coaching/advice to use this multipurpose lathe for spindle and hollow turning. Suitable chisels and hook tools will be available to buy if needed.

The unique thing about the “Touch-Wood lathe” is that a single lathe can be used for both hollow turning (e.g. bowls etc) and spindle turning (e.g. chairlegs etc), so a wide range of products can be made. This is acheived using the adjustable tool rest, which can be locked in any position using a wedge the same as the poppets (head and tail stocks). Powered by a treadle, with either a pole (as in pole lathe) acting as return spring; or a bungie can be used, set up above the lathe bed.

Find out more about the lathe in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7d1XZ3UOZ4

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?

Tools, equipment and refreshments are provided and participants are asked to bring their own food and appropriate foot wear and clothing. Free parking. Courses start promptly at 9.30 (feel free to arrive from 9 for refreshments).

Rustic huts on site, camping / campervan area with stocked kitchen and wash facilities and fire pit. Café on site too! Please ask us for advice on local B&Bs and hotels.

Small Woods use only experienced professionals and woodland practitioners as tutors. We have more than 20 years’ experience of delivering courses and training and a reputation for high quality teaching and professionalism.

Small Woods courses are suitable for all levels of experience and ability and we keep course numbers low. The physical nature and/or woodland location of some courses may make them difficult for people with mobility problems. We do, however, have many years’ experience in enabling all groups to attend courses and will make every effort to ensure a satisfying experience for all.



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Course Start Dates

Friday 12th April 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly