(process) – with branch and treadle

Sometimes we grow use to something in its modern form, but all things have a humbler and simpler beginning…

The tool being used here is called a “pole lathe” . It is made of simple parts … a branch, a long string or strap, simple wooden foot treadle and a stand. It  is used to turn any number of wooden things … from bowls and spindles to certainly toys…

The video I included was the shortest of this process. For a look at the more complete process of turning a wooden bowl on foot-powered pole lathe take a peek here.  And if you are wondering how a pole lathe might compare to a modern machine lathe, here is a comparison.


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