Pole Lathe Turning

A traditional craft called ‘bodging’ using a spindle pole lathe to make components for building chairs or stools.

The wood is held between two metal points centres and with each depression of your foot the wood spins. With the application of the tool at the right time, the wood is cut and the shape is formed.

The pole recoils when the foot is lifted. The attached cord wrapped around the wood spins back to its original position ready to press again.