LONDON – Scandinavian Snibbskål Turning (1 day)


London Green Wood – Snibbskål Turning (1 day)

Types of lathe
Timbers for turning
Selecting the right bit of log
Roughing out a blank with the axe
Safe and effective use of carving axes
Mounting the blank on the lathe
Using home-made hooks to turn your Snibbskål
Trimming up, drying and finishing your bowl

Tea, coffee, water and biscuits provided.

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

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This workshop is suitable for those that already have some experience of turning bowls on a pole lathe.  If you have only been on my first bowl workshop then it will be a challenging, but enjoyable day – and I’ll get you through it!  Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.

This workshop will be limited to 8 participants plus a designated key holder.

The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas:

  • The different types of lathe used for turning
  • Suitable British timbers for bowl turning
  • Selecting appropriate sections of a log for turning Snibbsål
  • Roughing out a Snibbskål ‘blank’ using an axe
  • Safe and effective axe technique
  • Mounting the blank on the lathe ready for turning
  • Using home made hook tools to turn your Snibbskål
  • Trimming up, drying and finishing your bowl

You will be turning your bowl on an historic Viking style bowl lathe. There will be lots of time for you to develop and practise new skills. Whilst the main focus of the workshop will be about process and safe technique you should still look forward to producing a perfect Snibbskål (eared bowl) to take home with you at the end of the day. This will be a perfect sized bowl for eating from, but was traditionally used as a ‘sharing’ bowl – filled with an appropraite alcoholic tipple and passed around a gathering of people (definitely around a roaring fire)! By the end of this workshop you should feel confident to be able to have a go at eared bowls on a lathe on your own at home. And if making your own lathe seems a little daunting you could always book a place on our ‘Build a Bowl Lathe and Learn to Turn’ workshop.

This tends to be quite a physically demanding workshop. There will be plenty of breaks and stops to talk about process and technique but a reasonable level of fitness is required to make sure you get the most out of the day.

We are really pleased to be hosted for this series of workshops by London Green Wood at Abney Park Cemetery in Hackney, London.

All tools and materials are provided but you may bring your own if you have them and we can advise on their suitability.

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided for the duration of the workshop but do please consider bringing a cake to share for afternoon tea – everyone loves a bit of cake!  Please also bring a packed lunch and make sure you dress for the weather.

Further information will be sent via email upon confirmation of booking.

Workshop bookings are non refundable.

Workshop dates cannot be transferred once booked.

Available dates:

  • Monday 21st October 2019

Additional information

Available dates:

Monday 21st October 2019


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