is a unique professional demonstrating craftsman and teacher. He performs wooden bowl turning on a human powered spring pole
lathe, a lost art dating back thousands of years.
a highly skilled artist and tradesman. He is also an engaging, natural demonstrator who enjoys educating an audience about
wood and the nature of work and craft. His presentation is a continuous demonstration of how woodworking
was done before machines and factories. Rather than being retail focused, this is a working shop producing product while observers
are mesmerized by the motion of the lathe and the skill of the operator. Stepping into the space, people are entering into
a quieter, simpler world, surrounded by the smells of fresh wood, beeswax and pine tar.
Bowl turning as a trade dates back to well before the Viking Age (700-1000 AD). Early bowl
turners used spring pole lathes to produce commonly used domestic “treenware”.
Book Roger for a fair!
Bring him to your school!
Invite him to teach at your folk school, community center or event!
Make sure to book in advance for Christmas and holiday markets!
Perfect for heritage
areas, forestry exhibits and agricultural displays!