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From Tree to Bowl with JB Woodcrafts: A Pole Lathe Masterclass

Pole-lathe Masterclass

Hello! I’m Jon Baily, your guide to the enriching world of traditional green wood woodworking. My passion lies in the ancient pole lathe turning techniques. A craft that connects us to our past embraces the essence of nature, and rewards both the heart and hands. I aim to share this beautiful journey through my YouTube…

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Harvesting Greenwood: A Practical Guide

tree log

In my last blog (A Guide to Sourcing, Storing, and Working with Greenwood), I mentioned harvesting greenwood in passing. Today, we’ll focus on how to harvest greenwood, especially for crafting wooden bowls, although the information will be useful for all greenwood users. Safety is crucial if you own or have access to woodland and plan…

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A Guide to Sourcing, Storing, and Working with Greenwood

Sourcing, Storing, and Working with Greenwood

Starting a hobby that uses greenwood is rewarding, however, it can be confusing for a novice. From understanding its unique properties to sourcing it sustainably, there’s much to learn. Dive into my guide on “Sourcing, Storing, and Working with Greenwood” to unlock the essentials of this engaging craft. What is Greenwood? So, what is greenwood?…

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Greenwood Basics: The Art of Pole-lathe Bowl Turning and Related Heritage Crafts

Greenwood Working Lessons

Greenwood working, an age-old tradition, is crafting greenwood into beautiful, functional objects. At the heart of this tradition is the pole-lathe, a unique tool that’s been the cornerstone of many greenwood crafts, including the mesmerising art of bowl turning. This article delves into the basics of greenwood and the enchanting world of pole-lathe bowl turning…

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Traditional Crafts and Greenwood Woodworking

Woodworking is an age-old craft practised for centuries, offering a fulfilling and rewarding way to create beautiful and functional items that can be used and cherished for years to come. There has recently been a renewed interest in traditional crafts, such as greenwood woodworking. Greenwood woodworking involves working with green (recently felled) wood and embracing…

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How to Choose the Best Wood for Traditional Bowl Turning

Traditional Craft of Greenwood Bowl Turning

Bowl turning is an art form that requires a deep understanding of wood types and their characteristics. Choosing the right wood for your project can make the difference between a successful bowl and a failed one. In this article, I will discuss the factors to consider when selecting the best wood for turning bowls, focusing…

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Preserving Cultural Heritage: The Importance of Supporting Traditional Crafts

Traditional crafts have been an integral part of human culture for centuries. From bowl-turning to textiles, these art forms have not only served practical purposes but also played a significant role in shaping cultural identity and preserving heritage. In recent years, however, traditional crafts have faced increasing threats, including competition from mass-produced goods and a…

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The benefits of teaching bowl-turning on a pole lathe

Teaching greenwood bowl-turning is a new venture for me and is something I have only recently started offering. It is surprising just how much I have enjoyed the experience. I am finding satisfaction in passing on my knowledge to the next generation of bowl turners and enabling more people to get a taste for this…

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