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Mike Abbott

In 1976, Mike discovered Herbert Edlin's inspiring book Woodland Crafts in Britain. From this he made his first pole-lathe and set about rediscovering the skills that had been all but lost.

In 1985 he set up Living Wood Training with the aim of teaching green wood skills and promoting their potential. In 1989 he wrote his first book Green Woodwork and a year later gathered together a small group of enthusiasts to found the Association of Pole-lathe Turners which grew from a band of six in 1990 to an association of over 500 members within ten years.

Over the past two decades, Mike has taught his skills for numerous organisations throughout Britain as well as in the USA, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

    Mike's Books

    Going with the Grain, Revised 2nd Edition

    Making Chairs in the 21st Century

    This new second edition has been revised, based on feedback from readers and students in Mike's courses. Sections on drilling and steam-bending have been updated and all measurements are now given in inches as well as in metric units. The major changes are in the large chapter on seat-weaving, which now includes detailed instructions for three different patterns in Danish cord and fiber rush. There are also illustrations of over 20 variations in these and in other materials, many of which have never been published before.

    Living Wood

    From Buying a Woodland to Making a Chair, 4th Edition

    First published in 2002, Living Wood is both a practical manual and an inspirational guide, updating much of the information included in Mike’s best-selling book Green Woodwork.


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