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The Association of Pole-Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers was created in 1990 by a group of a dozen like-minded individuals who wanted to promote the art of pole-lathe turning and green woodworking to the rest of the world.

The Association of Pole-Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers is a "not for profit" organisation run by volunteers and forms a community dedicated to preserving green woodworking and heritage woodland crafts, skills and techniques for future generations. We also embrace more contemporary works with green wood in an aim to push the craft forward.

Our main ethos is based on skill sharing, demonstrating, and education. We aim to making green woodworking and all its associated crafts enjoyable and accessible to all who wish to get involved. 

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Our core aims as an association are to promote;

Green Woodworking

Promoting the use and working with freshly harvested "green" wood from Deciduous and Coniferous tree species in a sustainable way to produce "Treen" and woodland products.

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The association 

promotes demonstration of heritage crafts.

Our members are happy to demonstrate and display their incredible crafts and skills and do so all over the country.

Contact us  and we will connect you with a Bodger nearby.


Pole-lathe Turning

Promote knowledge and the study of pole-lathe turning, 

techniques, history, 

the continuation of the craft and future potential.  



The Association has a thriving community made up of our local groups who come under our umbrella. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to find a local group and join in with the fun.

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​As an association we;

  • Publish the Bodgers Gazette, a quarterly magazine filled with articles from members

  • Hold the Bodgers Ball weekend at the beginning of May

  • Support the creation and running of local and regional affiliated and associated groups of members

  • Provide educational display board

  • Provide banners for local groups

  • Provide bursaries for research

  • Sell APTGW merchandise - t-shirts, badges, etc.


To date the organisation has a global membership of over 1,200 people.

Association of Pole-lathe Turners
& Green Woodworkers
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