Pole-lathe


Pole-lathe

DrawknifeAbove is Phil at our Coombe Abbey open day showing how to use a Drawknife.

Here he is using the Drawknife to remove the bark and any new growth  to get it round as possible before putting it on the Pole-lathe to turned.

The wood is secured on a Shave Horse, a simple but effective way of holding wood that is being worked on



In this picture Phil has mounted the wood shaft he has just rounded with the Drawknife.

The pole Lathe is Medieval it is not known exactly when it was invented but it can be traced back to 1500 

Leonardo da Vinci invented a treadle lathe and from then on there was various forms of leg powered wooden lathes ( no electric in those days).

For the historians amongst us there is evidence in 300BC one man had a piece of wood wedged between two points while another man turned 

it with his hands and he shaped it with some sort of tool.



                                                                                      Above is the Clubs  pole lathe 

                                                                                      Below shows the Tool holder on the Pole Lathe





Here you have an example of the calibre of work that can be achieved on a primitive Pole-Lathe.

The chair Leg spindles and Stretches were turned on the Pole-Lathe. 

The back spindles are hand worked with a drawknife and spokeshave.

The seat is hand carved using traditional tools such as the Adze, Inshave and Travisher.