Here’s an image of Mick’s pole lathe where my bowl and plate were created. It’s hard to see all the workings from this view but it’s a pretty great set-up. Unlike a modern, continuous motion lathe, the cutting is done on the down-stroke (about 2 1/2 revolutions) and the spring returns the system to the “up” position. This type of woodworking is done with green wet wood; in this case, alder.
New mess kit, old spoon. Plate and bowl turned on a spring-pole lathe by Mick Robins. Both made from green alder. I carved the spoon years ago from and Osage orange scrap. Just scraped and waxed the set to make them easy to clean and prevent cracking.