1000 YEARS OF INNOVATION
The spring pole lathe is a foot powered, reciprocating treadle lathe that was developed over a thousand years ago. These lathes were used in varying designs up until the 20th century, when they were finally replaced by electric lathes. Nowadays, there are only a handful of people left that still use these unique lathes.
Pole lathe turned bowls have a unique, rustic look. No sandpaper is used in finishing; bowls are instead left with the tool finish straight from the lathe, giving them a fascinating texture that is so often missing from sanded or store bought bowls. These tool marks also give the user a connection to the person who made the bowl.
The use of local wood reminds the user of the origins of their bowl, and the insulating properties of wood will even keep your food warmer!
Often painted with milk paint, these colourful bowls are reminiscent of bowls that were used hundreds of years ago.