22) Woodturner

Wood Blocks to Spinning Tops

Artisans - Wooden Spinning Tops

Woodturning is a technique used to create wooden objects on a lathe where the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it into simple or intricate shapes and designs, from spinning tops to bowls and furniture legs.

In the Middle Ages a pedal replaced hand-operated turning, freeing both the craftsman's hands to hold the woodturning tools. The pedal was usually connected to a pole, often a straight-grained sapling. This system is called the "spring pole" lathe like the one outside the Woodturner's shed. It has a pedal connected to the pole during demonstrations, to show how the pedal frees up both of the craftsman's hands to hold the woodturning tools. They were in common use into the early 20th Century.


The woodturner at the Original Gold Rush Colony uses an electric lathe to demonstrate the manufacture of cute timber spinning tops which make a great souvenier of your visit to Mogo. He is also a member of the Eurobodalla Woodworkers Guild.  For more information click the link below.

Gold Rush Colony Activity Details
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Activity Name: 
Woodturning Demonstration
Activity Available To: 
School Excursions by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
School Camps by Arrangement
Activity Available To: 
Large Tour or Special Interest Groups by Arrangement
Schedule: 
Demonstrations by prior arrangment for tour groups.
Schedule: 
Heritage days as per programmes
Pricing: 
Included In Entry Fee
Organised By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
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Part of Guided Tour