This pole lathing course has been carefully designed for those who would like to develop their craft skills working with traditional, sustainable materials in a stunning ancient woodland location. Don’t worry if you don’t have any previous greenwood working skills, we’ll guide you through the prcocess from start to finish. Whilst we’re certain that you’ll leave us with some great hand crafted items, you’ll also leave us with new found confidence and ability and an appreciation of the wondeful material that wood is. We’ll start the course by showing you how to safely use an axe. We’ll look at selecting your wood, splitting techniques and a variety of methods to cross cut the wood for the raw materials. You will be shown how to cleft greenwood and use an axe, draw knife and a shave horse to shape the wood. You will then get to use a traditional woodland pole lathe where students have turned dibblers, rolling pins, spirtles, honey drizzlers, chair legs and even potato mashers!! All of the materials you use are sustainably sourced from our own woodland in line with our management plan. About us and the venue: Jack Raven Bushcraft was founded in 2011 and we've been delivering bushcraft, craft and foraging courses since then from our 30 acre private ancient woodland on the Kent Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Courses in the summer are held outdoors in our woodland camp complete with covered work areas, an outdoor kitchen and a composting loo. Courses in the winter are held in our workshop in a converted barn.

What's included in the price?

Turning tools, froes, draw knives, a selection of axes are all provided.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



Jack Raven Bushcraft

with Craft Courses since 2013

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Accommodation offered
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Stag dos
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Dunn Street Farm, Dunn Street, Westwell, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4NJ