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Interessed in the history of the wood-turning, i made a trip to the Jura and visited wood-turning museums. Then i've made researchs for trying to reconstitue a medieval wood-turn and the tools of the age... Here come the photos of the result :


In the Midlle Ages to the beginning of the 19th century, the wood-turner men were belonging of the numerous corporations that work and live with their family into the forests :coalmen, pit swayers, clog makers, etc... The Middle Ages forest law force these corporations to work in the forests and only in the forests.

A thread is fixed to an end in a pedal activated(sued) in the foot. It's rolled up around a chuck. Then it's attached to the other end to a perch or a wooden blade acting as spring.

This assembly creates an alternative movement.

When I press on the pedal, the piece of wood enters in rotation, so i can cut the piece with a hook. When i release the pedal, i put away the hook. The pole works as a spring, makes the wood piece come back to its initial position.

The wood-turning tools are hooks. They're hand forged and are the same as the ones i saw in the various read documents. The blacksmith who made these tools is named Julien Pitaud (find his contact details in the  web page 'Links').


In the Middle Ages , dishes, bowls, bowls, ladles, spoons and diverse utilitarian packagings were made . They were made with young wood.

Atelier du Tournage
Luc Moreau
La Taillade
Beaumont du Périgord
24440 Beaumontois en Périgord