THE WOOD TURNER
See Sharif turning a wooden bowl on a pole lathe, a craft dating back to the Iron Age. There'll also be a chance to try it yourself. One hour.
Cost: £40 per group for a one-hour workshop (maximum six people). Suitable for children (although they won't be able to use the lathe).
POLE-LATHE WOODTURNER AND SPOON CARVER
North Bovey, Dartmoor
Specialising in ancient woodturning techniques, some of which date from the Iron Age, Sharif uses a traditional pole lathe powered by a treadle to turn bowls, pots, cups, flasks and boxes, sourcing wood from sustainable Dartmoor forests.
Sharif has recently moved from his woodland 'workshop', pictured, to a beautiful stone threshing barn on a working farm near the thatched village of North Bovey.
During Sharif's demonstration, you will see him practise this age-old skill to craft a wooden bowl. Using a pole lathe requires a moderate amount of physical energy but it is great fun and can be a real challenge. No previous woodturning experience is required.
“Vessels made on a pole lathe tend to have more charm and character than those on an electric lathe, and have a lovely textural, tactile quality,” says Sharif.
In this introduction to woodturning, you will use a pole lathe and Sharif's hand-forged tools to turn your own wooden bowl.
Cost: £75 per person for a four-hour session. Maximum two people per session. Not suitable for under-18s.
To find out more about Sharif, please visit: www.sharifadams.co.uk