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Pole lathe turning

Our basic course

The pole lathe of Bodgers lathe is one of the oldest man made machines. There is evidence of there uses as far back as the bronze here in the uk and of turning as far back as 4000years BP in Egypt.

On our basic pole lathe course you will learn how to use a pole lathe and its associated tools.

We tailor the course  to the skills and experience of the participants with one to one tuition.

Come along and leave with a turned item.

The day will include:

  • basic tool safety
  • looking after your tools
  • selecting your wood to turn
  • preparing your billet for the lathe
  • turning an item

Our aim is simple; to pass on the knowledge learned over the past nearly 20 years to beginners.

one our course attendees haed at it on the pole lathe

Food and refreshments

There will be an ample supply of tea/coffee on tap but no other food is provided, we can of course set up the bbq if requested.


Unless otherwise stated all of our woodland courses are run in our own woodland in the heart of the Southdowns between Petersfield and Portsmouth just off the A3 , A3m and  A272.


There are a good number of local hotels and b and b’s in the area for which we can give you detail on application.


£120 per day