We are lucky enough to work in partnership with a local woodsman who is highly skilled at keeping the ancient craft of the pole lathe alive.
A pole lathe is a wood-turning lathe that uses the elasticity within a long pole as a return spring for a treadle.
Pressing the treadle pulls on a cord that is usually wrapped around the piece of wood being turned. The other end of the cord reaches up to the end of a long springy pole. As the action is reciprocating, the work rotates in one direction and then back the other way. Cutting is only carried out on the down stroke of the treadle, the spring of the pole only being sufficient to return the treadle to the raised position ready for the next down stroke.