Build your own pole lathe workshop

with Malcolm Lemmon

14th and 15th July, 2018

Time: 09:30 -17:30

Price: £295, including hot lunches and a campfire meal on the Saturday evening. All materials required for your lathe are also included.

Join us in the beautiful setting of Pishwanton Wood for this two-day course, and leave with a fully functioning pole lathe! Many people are drawn to the simplicity of the operation of the pole lathe, but might not feel confident in actually constructing a solid and reliable lathe from scratch.

Over the course of the weekend, Malcolm Lemmon, our course leader, will guide you through the process of constructing the lathe, using locally felled Ash and other timbers sourced from our own woodland. Once you’ve constructed your lathe, Malcolm will give some introductory demonstrations in how to use it so you can leave ready to start experimenting with turning your own pieces.

Pole lathes have been described as mankind’s first machine. They have been developed and used by many different cultures for turning green wood for chair parts, tool handles, spindles and with adaptation for bowls and cups, all without the need for electricity.

All materials and tools will be provided, and Malcom will be happy to advise on sourcing and maintaining tools for getting the most out of your lathe.

The pole lathe is designed to be collapsible, so you can easily transport it home.

Participants are more than welcome to camp in the wood for free. There is also the option of accommodation very near to the wood, charged at £35 per night.

Malcolm Lemmon, has a wealth of experience in green wood-working, woodland management, timber framing and historic carpentry. He has been involved in the Pishwanton Project throughout it’s development and has led on the construction of all of our buildings.

For booking and further information please email Tom Nolan at or call 07771644532.