Will Wall

William Wall built his first pole lathe in 1977 and has been fascinated ever since by this simple yet ingenious device for turning wood. Having trained initially as an archaeologist he worked in field archaeology for 10 years, including doing much of the archaeological work associated with the expansion of Stansted Airport. Later he became a countryside ranger at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk, where his job was to create authentic furniture and domestic items for the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon houses and to run courses in ancient crafts and technology. The pole-lathe figured prominently in this work, although he also gained an insight into other crafts such as pottery, house construction, blacksmithing, basketry and textiles. He was a founder member of the Association of Pole-lathe Turners when that was formed in 1990, and has been teaching people about pole-lathe turning and green woodwork in both formal and informal settings for at least the last fifteen years.