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Turn a wooden bowl outdoors on a foot powered pole lathe

5(32 reviews)
Learn how to turn a wooden bowl using a foot powered pole lathe at our woodland workshop in the city. Suitable for beginners and improvers.
Hackney
In-person
£100 pp
7hrs
Next available date:27th August 2022
What happens in this class?

At the London Greenwood workshop you will use a foot powered pole lathe to turn your own wooden bowl from locally grown green wood. Starting by learning good axing technique to prepare your bowl blank then how to set up a pole lathe you will move on to use two hand forged turning tools and powering your lathe by foot you will create a functional wooden bowl to take home with you. We will also talk about drying, oiling and caring for your bowl as well as selecting materials and how to continue. We will be working outdoors in all…

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Things to remember

We'll be working outdoors in all weather (under a tarp if it rains) so dress suitably. Sensible foot ware, no sandals or bare feet. Please bring reading glasses if you wear them. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch (food available on site and nearby) Tea, coffee, water…

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Latest Reviews
5(32 reviews)
Belinda Edwards - Jun 22, 2022
Very intense, but fabulous day! We wee working in a stunningly beautiful setting. Tutor is very patient and helpful. I totally recommend this course.
Laura Sedgwick - Jun 18, 2022
Fantastic workshop in a beautiful location. Anyone wanting to spend a day crafting would highly recommend!
Stuart Walker - Jun 17, 2022
Fabulous day learning bowl carving in hottest weather ever. Exceptional instruction.
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Your Teacher

London Green Wood is cooperative of woodworkers practising rural crafts in the city. Based at Hackney City Farm, we work with green wood straight from the log and hand tools. All the wood we use has been felled locally.

We have been running events and teaching courses since 2011. We promise a beautiful setting, friendly people, the satisfaction of learning new skills and a fire when it gets chilly. We run courses for adults, for groups and for families. We run workshop sessions for members of our cooperative three times a week and one weekend each month. Membership is open…

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Class Location
Hackney City Farm
Hackney
1a Goldsmith Row
E2 8QA
London

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Turn a wooden bowl outdoors on a foot powered pole lathe

Reviews

Belinda Edwards - Jun 22, 2022
Very intense, but fabulous day! We wee working in a stunningly beautiful setting. Tutor is very patient and helpful. I totally recommend this course.
Laura Sedgwick - Jun 18, 2022
Fantastic workshop in a beautiful location. Anyone wanting to spend a day crafting would highly recommend!
Stuart Walker - Jun 17, 2022
Fabulous day learning bowl carving in hottest weather ever. Exceptional instruction.
Mike Dallimore - May 21, 2022
Enjoyed the class. I would recommend all the classes at Green Wood London.
David Young - May 16, 2022
A really great course - just what I was looking for to get back into pole lathing after a break of two decades! It was good to see complete novices doing just as well as self proclaimed carpenters like myself, and tantamount to the skill and care our trainer took with each of us. Thanks Dave!
Mat Jones - May 15, 2022
Really fun day learning how to turn a bowl on a pole lathe
Sara Karlsson - Apr 17, 2022
Turning my own bowl was a great experience! It made me inspired to turn more bowls and other things in the future!
Borja Lorente - Apr 10, 2022
An amazing workshop, through and through. Aided by the great weather, the quiet day spent in the tranquil respite of London Green Wood was as enjoyable as it was didactive. And we ended up with nice bowls to boot!
Jem Roberts - Apr 10, 2022
Excellent course, really great pace and calming direction.
Eleanor Turner - Mar 28, 2022
Great day! Super helpful teacher and a lovely setting.
Justine - Mar 28, 2022
This was a brilliant day! The whole experience with an idyllic setting on a spring day, with all the helpful people involved, friendly staff & yummy food served in the on site cafe. Wood Turing on foot powered lathe was so much fun. It felt like peddling a bike with one leg, whilst scoring a wooden record, to carve the bowl. Definitely requires some co-ordination & concentration to get right. David the tutor made it look easy. Am looking forward to oiling the finished bowl, once the green wood dries out. Have already recommended this course to friends. Just do it!
Belinda Edwards - Mar 27, 2022
Fabulous course! Supportive and helpful teacher. Lovely place. I really enjoyed the whole day
Nicholas Clegg - Mar 21, 2022
Really great day. Well structured, really nice instructor. Left feeling tired (it's a physical day) and really happy with my bowl. Would definitely recommend it.
Chris Turpin - Mar 12, 2022
Fantastic course - professionally (and patiently) instructed by Dave. A really good day - I learnt a lot.
Emily Knight - Dec 27, 2021
Brilliant course, with a very kind and knowledgeable instructor. Highly recommended
Yoav Ronat - Nov 20, 2021
Had a great day and a wonderful experience. Dave is an excellent tutor and I’m very pleased from the result. Definitely recommended!
Alana Jelinek - Oct 17, 2021
Brilliant fun. Actually achieved a pretty good bowl. And a good workout
Sean - Oct 17, 2021
Fantastic - really enjoyed it and would recommend
Jeff Jackson - Jun 7, 2021
I really enjoyed the day, the the process and technique were explained very well and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in learning an ancient craft.
Rachel Alabaster - May 17, 2021
It was a fantastic day. Really well taught by lovely guys. Will definitely be coming back! Thanks to all.
Keith Clarke - May 17, 2021
Great day with excellent teaching and lots of fun
Hedley - May 15, 2021
Great course. Lovely location. Very sensible and attentive instruction just when needed, but very hands on without too much standing around.
Jane Myat - May 11, 2021
Fantastic day: well organised, great setting, clear, focused and personalised tuition in a friendly supportive environment. Huge gratitude to Dave, Graham and the team at London Greenwood
Jenny Baker - May 10, 2021
Really enjoyed this day. It's hard physical work but very satisfying. Dave, the tutor, explained things clearly and demonstrated what to do. He was really patient and encouraging. would highly recommend this course
Anonymous - May 9, 2021
A hard but rewarding day with excellent tuition. So pleased with my bowl 🙂 Thank you!
Ben Harvey - May 8, 2021
We loved the course and the bowls! Dave was very knowledgable and patient, and the location at Hackney City Farm was beautiful. Highly recommended!
Jessica - Oct 9, 2020
This was a great day, and had the best time - definitely want to come back to make more. Thanks very much!
Heini - Oct 6, 2020
I certainly learned new ways to work with a foot powered lathe and Dave was an excellent teacher with lots of skill and patient. Green Wood Abney Park is a great set up and I will be back again. Heini
Alice - Oct 6, 2020
This class was a great day (despite the rain!), we learned a lot under the excellent teacher Dave. We had a lot of fun, got a bowl out of it and were totally exhausted after (in a good way :).
Thida - Sep 21, 2020
Amazing class! Dave is a great teacher, he was really helpful and patient with us. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in doing something crafty :)
George - Sep 13, 2020
Great course with helpful knowledgeable teacher with small class size so you were never left waiting for guidance. Lovely location and atmosphere. Pole lathe bowl turning is a fun challenge. Highly recommended
Valerie - Sep 12, 2020
I've done a number of classes at London Greenwood and have enjoyed them all. This new wood turning course was no exception. It is the only manual pole lathe class available in London and taught in the outdoor workshop within Abney Park. Our teacher Dave had prepared the blanks and the tools so we were able to get straight down to using the pole lathe. We all completed very handsome bowls (for a first go!) by the end of the day and I feel i have acquired a good understanding of the process. This class is taught in small groups (4 of us on this occasion) so there was plenty of individual attention. As Dave had warned us, it's a physical day (foot-powered!) but there were plenty of stops for lunch/tea/coffee and a great feeling of satisfaction on completion.