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Pole Lathe Turning with Chris Helliwell: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

Pole Lathe Turning with Chris Helliwell: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

Duration: One day

Price: £75

Run by: Annie Swarbrick
at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

01768 483984

Greystoke Cycle Cafe
CA11 0UT

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About the Course

The course on Sat 4th Aug is for beginners
The second day ' Pole Lathe - bowl turning' is only suitable for thse who have had some experience with using a lathe- like the day before for example.

We are really happy to welcome the Yorkshire Bodger Chris Helliwell, to Greystoke along with his 8 portable lathes. Join him to learn the process of working with green wood- the importance of choosing the right sections and making the right cuts.

Working on a pole lathe is very relaxing and perfect to de-stress it also requires a reasonable level of fitness.

£75 adults £45 for 16 to 21 year olds when accompanied by a full place

Chris will teach you to prepare the wood from a freshly cut log section, which part to use and how to reduce it in readiness for the lathe using a draw knife and the saw horse. Once you get on the pole lathe you'll realise why it helps to have cycling legs - it's quite physical but also extremely satisfying - you'll burn a few calories but you might not notice as you'll be concentrating too - totally different from an electric lathe - it is all leg power!

The bodgers’ lathes had to be portable to carry out to the woods and this is why courses such as these can run - Chris can bring his many lathes with him. They are each driven and worked by one person.

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What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.

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