Pole lathe course - Make a Mallet

pole lathe wood turning course


This one-day pole lathe turning course will introduce you to the use of a traditional leg/foot-powered pole lathe.

You will learn practical tips and techniques on:

• considering different types of wood and what you can make from them
• the types of tools used in Greenwood Craft, and how to use them
• use of different chisels to create different shapes/cuts
• cleaving greenwood logs into billets ready for turning, using a froe and an axe
• using a shave horse and drawknife to shape the wood ready for turning
• setting up/tensioning a bungee lathe and a pole lathe
• health and safety related to pole lathe work
You will use those tips and techniques to design and make a mallet or garden dibber

At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors and our low class numbers (max 6 for most classes) and a number of our courses also have an assistant.

We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed and allow students to learn more.

You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential.

Please note this course will require a high level of manual dexterity on your fingers and is physically demanding on the lower body.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day.
Refreshments and biscuits throughout the course.
Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen. PPE is available where applicable.

All green woodworking courses are based outside. Most other courses inside based but bring clothing/footwear/sunscreen etc. suitable to working outdoors in the season you attend.


Rachel at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses


J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S7 2QZ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
Roger Marks - - #21514

An excellent, practical, course in a splendid setting. Experienced tutor demonstrated and explained clearly and well plus volunteer helpers meant help was always available when needed. All staff friendly and enthusiastic. I felt I'd learned a lot and would do another course there.

In-person course
Mick Woodall - - #21508

A great day learning a new skill in a delightful environment. The course was hands on from start to finish and the course tutor with 3 volunteers, along with a small class of 6 meant that everyone got the support and attention they needed.

In-person course
Dave Clark - - #1267

Very good course! Lots of hands on work using much more than just a pole lathe -axes, Froes, cleaving breaks, different shave horses, draw knives. Experienced and enthusiastic tutor with three assistants so there was always someone on hand for advice and help even with five students on the course. Good effective and efficient demonstrtions of required techniques leaving lots of time for students to put into practice. A lovely team of people - I will be back to attend more courses at this centre.

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