Tutor: Tom Dillon
Spend a day at the Green Wood Centre learning how to turn fresh green wood on a foot-powered pole-lathe. You will begin the day by splitting a greenwood log with a froe and mallet and preparing your own round ‘billet’ on a shave-horse. Next, we will mount the billets on a pole-lathe, where you will learn how to recognize and refine subtle movements with different chisels and gouges to create your own unique item(s) by the end of the day eg. rolling-pin, chair leg, garden dibber etc.
You will learn:
How to split a green wood log with a froe and mallet
How to prepare a round ‘billet’ using a shave-horse and drawknife
How to mount your billet on to a pole-lathe and make it spin
How to first ‘rough-out’ your billet with a gouge, and then how to use other chisels to create different surfaces and forms
How to finish your work – burning, burnishing, oiling, etc.