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"Reifendrehen" - Ring Turning Thur 1 day

Geoff Hannis

  • Starts 9 May
  • 100 British pounds
  • Main Marquee

Available spots

Service Description

Discover the German technique of “Reifendrehen” where you’ll turn a ring of animals on the pole lathe. This is a really efficient way to make lots of the same shape by turning the profile on the lathe using hook tools and then splitting the resulting ‘donut’ up to reveal the profile. The "Reifendrehen" technique is a traditional technique for making toys, particularly animals for a Noah’s Ark-type toy. It is done in end-grain, which means that once it has been turned, the animals can be split out of the turned object on the chopping block. We’ll then carve some of our animals ready for you to paint them once dry. The process of shaping and hollowing the object is similar to making cups, but the blank is much larger in diameter and heavier, so this is not suitable for complete beginners. Ideally, participants would have turned a few bowls, and at least one end grain cup to get the most out of the day. Please note- will be standing all day and there will be strain on knees, hips and upper body. Please consider this before booking - however, those with reasonable physical fitness should have no trouble completing the course .. You should also have enclosed shoes.

Upcoming Sessions

Booking Policy

Thank you for booking onto your course. Please read the following notes carefully before arrival. 1. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the site, where you need to be for your course, and where the toilets & refreshments are well in advance of your course (there will be no course reception desk in the main marquee this year but there will be a BB HQ to the right of it should you need assistance) 2. Access into spaces will be from 9 am on the morning of your course, please do not come any earlier as tutors will be setting up 3. At the end of your course please depart in a timely fashion to allow for turnarounds. If you are fit & able & willing to do so please stay to help it would be very much appreciated 4. Free tea/coffee is situated at the bottom of the quiet marquee please help yourself at break times 5. Please do not disturb other courses or encroach on other spaces 6. Your tutor will explain to you the photography policy. Please adhere to this 7. Please make sure you come dressed for the occasion. Some of the courses are in marquees some in individual shelters. Have warm/waterproof clothing where applicable. For most of the courses, you need to ensure you have covered shoes & long trousers. Please refer to your individual courses for more info 8. Where you are asked to bring your own tools please ensure they are sharp & fit for purpose 9. All courses are for 18+. Should you be bringing a young person with you, who wishes to do a course please get in touch with before booking to discuss individual needs/ age so we can assist finding a suitable course where possible. 10. Please adhere to any specific health & safety request from your tutor on the day/beforehand 11. It is your responsibility to book onto a course which is appropriate for your level or physical capability there will be no option for a refund if you find it is not suited to your needs 12. Your tutor will request your emergency contacts at the start of the course- please ensure you have these handy 13. Please report & health & safety issues or first aid needs directly to your tutor as the first point of contact 14. Please note course tickets are non-refundable

Contact Details

, GB- , GBR

Association of Pole-lathe Turners
& Green Woodworkers
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