Sunday, 9 April 2017

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe



I recorded a bit of the work of a Moroccan woodturner. It's interesting because they work with hand-turned bow lathes and use very curious technique which relies on the foot nimbleness. Seems their craft was preserved nearly unchanged since the ancient times, probably as far as the antique period, when these artisans were probably common sight across the Mediterranean countries.

People doing this can be found across the medinas (old towns) of Morocco, but predominantly in Marrakesh, were nowadays their trade is mostly tourist attraction and they earn their living selling souvenirs. Nonetheless it's an interesting craft and technique which should be preserved as part of the cultural heritage of the humanity.

Also I observed other non-touristic places, crafts and activities in the country, which I think should be brought to the public attention, too.

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe. Note how the chisel is supported with the toes. 

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe. Drilling hole for neck string.

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe  
Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe. Polishing the souvenir with a handful of wood flakes. 

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe

Woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe. Polishing the souvenir with a handful of wood flakes.

The final product of the woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe

The final product of the woodturning with Moroccan bow lathe

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