Yesterday we hauled ourselves out of bed at 6:15am and headed off to Lithgow for a day at Ironfest with my mum in tow. The Huscarls had a paid gig there to provide a living history display so a bunch of them were camping Friday and Saturday nights but we decided it was all too hard and that we’d just come up for the day. I packed my bead making stuff but didn’t end up using it as the club trestle table hadn’t made it to the camp. When we arrived I couldn’t wait to get into my dark ages kit, it was cold and windy and woollen clothes, a blanket cloak and a furry hat were just right. But I don’t have a photo of me dressed up. Sorry.
I went for a wander around the show and found someone doing wood turning using a pole lathe. Awesome! Adam has been wanting to make himself a pole lathe so I was going to send him over to have a stickybeak, then I saw the sign offering a 1 hour workshop each day, 2 people only. I asked and he still had one place free so I booked Adam in.
They started with logs, complete with bark, and had to split and trim the log with an axe and then shape the blank using a draw knife. Then it was turned using foot power and carved with chisels.
Fitting the blank into the pole lathe
And here’s the end result!
Don’t ask me what we’re going to do with one chair leg though….
Half-way through the day my brother and his family turned up unexpectedly so the kids got to spend time with their cousins which was nice. We watched jousting, and I failed to get any decent photos of it.
We headed home about 5pm, it was starting to get a bit grey and the temperature was dropping. Here’s what the Sydney Morning Herald says about Lithgow right now:
Lithgow Current Conditions
- Current temp: 6.7°C
- Recorded min: n/a
- Recorded max: n/a
- Feels like: 0.9°C
- Humidity: 69%
- Rainfall since 9am: 0.0mm
- Wind: W 52km/h
- Wind gusts: 94km/h
- Pressure: n/a
I can not begin to tell you how glad I am that we were there yesterday and not today! At least they’re not being rained on.