What happens in this class?

At the London Greenwood workshop you will use a foot powered "pole lathe" to turn your own wooden bowl from locally grown green wood. Using just two simple turning tools and powering your lathe by foot you will create a functional wooden bowl to take home with you. We will also talk about drying, oiling and caring for your bowl as well as selecting materials, tool use, sharpening and how to continue. We will be working outdoors in all weather but we'll stay dry and there will be a fire if gets it chilly.

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Things to remember

Dress for the weather Sensible footware, no sandals or bare feet Bring a packed lunch (food avilable nearby) Tea and coffee are provided, please bring your own reusable mug as a covid safe measure. There is also a cafe onsite.

Latest Reviews
5(16 reviews)
Valerie Hazan - September 12th
I've done a number of classes at London Greenwood and have enjoyed them all. This new wood turning course was no exception. It is the only manual pole lathe class available in London and taught in the outdoor workshop within Abney Park. Our teacher Dave had prepared the blanks and the tools so we were able to get straight down to using the pole lathe. We all completed very handsome bowls (for a first go!) by the end of the day and I feel i have acquired a good understanding of the process. This class is taught in small groups (4 of us on this occasion) so there was plenty of individual attention. As Dave had warned us, it's a physical day (foot-powered!) but there were plenty of stops for lunch/tea/coffee and a great feeling of satisfaction on completion.
George Chapman - September 13th
Great course with helpful knowledgeable teacher with small class size so you were never left waiting for guidance. Lovely location and atmosphere. Pole lathe bowl turning is a fun challenge. Highly recommended
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Booking Options

There are no upcoming dates for this class. Let the teacher know about your interest and you will be notified when new dates are added.

You will only receive an email from us if new dates are added for this class, you will not receive any marketing emails, and that's a promise!

Age Requirement


Class Location
Hackney City Farm
1a Goldsmith Row
E2 8QA
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