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Tools for the Spring-Pole Lathe: Craft Your Own

Course Overview

In order to turn bowls on a spring-pole lathe efficiently one needs a well-made hook tool. These turning tools are not manufactured in North America and are therefore difficult to find. Most pole lathe bowl turners have to learn to make the tools themselves or find a blacksmith to help with the production of the tool. In this class students will learn basic tool smithing, while forging a few hook tools. We’ll cover everything from tending the forge to hardening and tempering the tools edge through this simple but valuable project. This class is intended for people who have previously turned some bowls on a spring-pole lathe and need to make their own tools. A pole lathe will be set up to facilitate discussion on tool design and trials of the new tools.

Course Details

Length: 2½ Days