In-person course
in Abbey Lane, Sheffield

Pole lathe course - Make a Mallet



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.

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.


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

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Set in a beautiful ancient woodland, our traditional skills and heritage craft courses are inspired by nature. Our friendly craftspeople will guide you with their knowledge of age-old methods and natural materials to learn, make new friends and create!


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

Suitable for

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