THE WOOD TURNER
POLE-LATHE WOODTURNER AND SPOON CARVER
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.
The earliest evidence of wood turning ever discovered in the UK was at Whitehorse Hill on Dartmoor.
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.
BOOK A VISIT WITH SHARIF:
Phone: 07964 225064
Please call Sharif beforehand to check he is in.
BOWL TURNING DEMONSTRATION
See a wooden bowl turned on a foot powered pole lathe, a craft dating back to the Iron Age. There will be opportunities to have a go during the process. Sharif will offer a brief history of the wooden bowl and answer any questions you may have. One hour. £35 per demo plus £5 per person if more than one person.
MAKE YOUR OWN BOWL
Starting with a pre-prepared bowl blank you will use a pole lathe and Sharif's hand-forged tools to turn your own wooden bowl. Using a pole lathe requires a moderate amount of physical energy but is great fun and a real challenge. No previous wood turning experience required. Four hours. £75 per person, maximum two people.
CARVE YOUR OWN WOODEN SPOON
Starting with a pre-prepared spoon blank you will learn traditional knife carving techniques to carve your own wooden spoon to take home. The focus will be on how to use the knives safely and to practice good carving techniques which will enable you to enjoy carving spoons at home. Four hours. £40 per person, minimum of two people.