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Pole lathe bowl turning

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About the Course

Pole lathe bowl turning is one of our endangered crafts.
I have honed my skills for over a decade now and can offer the ideal space to teach this fascinating skill to others. You will receive a full day's tuition from a professional turner and will go home with your own finished bowl.

Experience days will be held in a dry and midge free environment in my workshop in Kielder. At present I have up to two spaces for a day on the lathe. The good thing about small size groups is that you get a lot of support and attention when needed.
You will be introduced to the ancient tradition of turning a wooden bowl or plate from green wood. The day will revolve around the lathe and I will be show you all the techniques you need to know to turn a wooden bowl.
I believe experiential learning is the best method to acquire this skill set and so we will be pedalling away for most of the day.
Polite note. If you are interested in a one-to-one teaching session, please get in touch to discuss price and availabilty. Thank you!

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What's included in the price?

Simple lunch, snacks, lots of tea whenever needed, all tools, lathe and materials,


Ralf Bidder at Made in Kielder
Station Garage
NE48 1EG
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I've used Ralf's bowls and plates for a few years and hate to eat off anything else now, so it was fantastic to take my boyfriend for a birthday course learning how to make them. We've both turned in the past but not for a long time and the skills were long forgotten. Ralf was incredibly patient, explained very clearly and adapted to our needs, so much so that he allowed us to split the experience into 2 days to accommodate chronic fatigue. The workshop set-up is very inspiring and the fruit pie from Ralf's local shop was delicious!
I would highly recommend spending a day turning with Ralf.

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