An ancient form of lathe operated by a treadle, in which the work is turned by a cord passing round it and rotated back by the action of a springy pole or sapling attached to the top end.
- A beetle and froe were used for cleaving the sawn pieces, then a hatchet and drawshave were needed to roughly shape the lengths of wood; finally a pole lathe and various turning chisels finished off the work.
- Some finds of worked wood from York have suggested that the pole lathe was the most likely way that they made turned items such as cups.
- When we were finished in the rotunda, we went outside to a tent under which two treadle lathes were set up-a pole lathe and a bow lathe-both reproductions made by fellow member Mike Podmaniczky from those in the Dominy shop.
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