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An Astounding,

Unique Grounds Attraction and Historic Demonstration for your Fair or Festival!



Roger Abrahamson 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.

Roger is 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!