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Turn a wooden bowl outdoors on a foot powered pole lathe

5(18 reviews)
Learn how to turn a wooden bowl outdoors, using a foot powered pole lathe and simple hand tools at our woodland workshop in the city.
Hackney
In-person
£100 pp
7hrs
Beginner
Next available date:25th March 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 with some axe work to prepare your blank and learning how to set up a pole lathe you will move on to use two simple 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 weather but…

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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. Reading glasses if you wear them. Bring a packed lunch (food available on site and nearby) Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. There's a…

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Latest Reviews
5(18 reviews)
Emily Knight - December 27th
Brilliant course, with a very kind and knowledgeable instructor. Highly recommended
Yoav Ronat - November 20th
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 - October 17th
Brilliant fun. Actually achieved a pretty good bowl. And a good workout
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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

Emily Knight - December 27th
Brilliant course, with a very kind and knowledgeable instructor. Highly recommended
Yoav Ronat - November 20th
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 - October 17th
Brilliant fun. Actually achieved a pretty good bowl. And a good workout
Sean - October 17th
Fantastic - really enjoyed it and would recommend
Jeff Jackson - June 7th
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 17th
It was a fantastic day. Really well taught by lovely guys. Will definitely be coming back! Thanks to all.
Keith Clarke - May 17th
Great day with excellent teaching and lots of fun
Hedley - May 15th
Great course. Lovely location. Very sensible and attentive instruction just when needed, but very hands on without too much standing around.
Jane Myat - May 11th
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 10th
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 9th
A hard but rewarding day with excellent tuition. So pleased with my bowl 🙂 Thank you!
Ben Harvey - May 8th
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 - October 9th
This was a great day, and had the best time - definitely want to come back to make more. Thanks very much!
Heini - October 6th
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 - October 6th
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 - September 21st
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 - September 13th
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 - September 12th
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.