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patient tuition, and of course the cake was delicious and so nicely cut with the japanese pullsaw!.

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  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
  • Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it
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Build Your Own Pole Lathe and learn to use it

5/5 6 reviews

Maximum number of socially distanced students 4.

Two opportunities to Build a Pole Lathe in the Autumn of 2020 with an option to stay on for an additional day to also make a shavehorse

1) Friday 9 - Sunday 11 October 2020 (+ Mon 12 Oct 2020)

  • 3 / 4 days
  • Cost: £450 / 560
  • Venue:  Northumberland Centre for Greenwood Craft at Kirkley Hall Farm.

2) Friday  13 -Sun 15 Nov 2020 (+ Mon 16 Nov 2020)

  • 3  / 4 days
  • Cost: £450 / £560
  • Venue:  Northumberland Centre for Greenwood Craft at Kirkley Hall Farm.


This is the course for you if you have always wanted to make a pole lathe but have been put off by the prospect of sourcing the right materials, and of course, finding the time.

The first two days will be spent making the lathe from high quality seasoned dimensioned hard and softwood assembled into kits.

You will be carefully guided through the build-up, stage by stage to produce a durable and efficient pole lathe that will last for many years.

On the third day, after your pole lathe has passed its maiden turning test, the empahsis will be on learning to use the main green woodworking tools safely and accurately to produce small turned items. 

If you select to stay on for an extra day on the Monday we will concentrate on making the components and assembly of an English Rustic Style Shavehorse.

The shavehorse you make you'll take away with you.

We'll use specialist hand tools such as carving axes, froes, drawknives and turning gouges and chisels from emminent makers such as Gransfors Bruks, Hans Karlsson and Svante Djarv.

All materials, tools and devices will be provided. You will leave with a fully working pole lathe (and a shavehorse if you book for the four days).

No previous knowlege or experience required. 

Maximum number of socially distanced students 4.

Once you have made the payment for this course, Joining Instructions will be sent via email.

If you would rather pay by bank transfer, let us know by email here

Price: £450.00 (Inc. VAT)
Availability: Course full

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  • Excellent!

    What a fantastic four days! Maurice is so knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. The best part was that it was a hard four days - you certainly get your money's worth. Brilliant course and Maurice is so willing to impart valuable knowledge at every step. Can't wait for my next course!

  • A fantastic experience

    We had a wonderful three days on the build your own pole lathe course. We loved every minute of it and learned so much. It's great to come away with a working pole lathe. Maurice was a very patient teacher, particularly given how useless I am with a drill! We will certainly be looking to participate in more courses with him in the future and can thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone, no matter how basic your skills.

    Maurice Pyle - Woodsmith

    well............thank you Gemma, pleased to hear you enjoyed the course.

  • Patient Teacher

    Enjoyed my four days to make a working pole lathe and shave horse. Maurice is very patient teacher and gave very clear instructions about how to work with greenwood. The lathe is ready to go but I may need to build a shelter with all this rain.
    The Kirkley Hall Farm workshop is in a pleasant situation close to Newcastle.

    Maurice Pyle - Woodsmith

    Thanks Margaret, it was a pleasure to work with you.. Good luck with the shelter building.

  • make your own pole lathe

    Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it. Students were able to work steadily at their own respective paces. But expect a full 2 days building the lathe! The 3rd day is for getting used to how to turn wood on your new product.

  • Great way to spend three or four days and in God’s own county.

    I recently had the very enjoyable experience of attending the Pole Lathe Building and Green Woodworking Course run by Maurice (Pyle)at Kirkley Hall College near Ponteland in Northumberland. The location was an extra treat as I am Northumbrian!

    We built our own pole-lathe to Maurice’s design and with some one-to one instruction and got them working for the first two days and then were introduced to the arcane mysteries of turning a log into an object of beauty (at least to the eye of this beholder!) in my case a rolling pin!

    The numbers on the course were small (7) and they were all kindred spirits which meant that it was fun as well as instructive and we all got personal attention.

    I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend this course and venue very highly to anyone interested in wishing to build your own tool and also learning to use it (at least the rudiments as I soon realized that there are many hours of practice to come.

    Maurice also advises and can provide tools for purchase and they are of a very high quality.

    What could be nicer!

  • a great experience

    Loved this course.

    Didn't imagine I could learn so much. The green woodworking I expected but the bonus was all the 'normal' woodwork involved in making the lathe.

    The improved focus I got from doing this kind of craft work has continued, again something I didn't expect. When I signed up for this I wondered what we'd be doing for three days!

    I would have happily stayed another three and more.

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