Live Well

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” ~Voltaire Voltaire was on to something there.  Here is a very inspirational family making good in the wilds of Wisconsin.  I would love to see more as they sound like some truly genuine artisans and […]

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jumping once again on the Bowl Lathe bandwagon

Originally posted on Peter Follansbee, joiner's notes:
 I took a break from basket making last week to finally build myself a dedicated lathe for turning bowls. Mine is based on the ones we used when I was a student this spring in Robin Wood’s bowl-turning course at North House Folk School in Grand Marais,…

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Occupation, Wood Turner ca. 1425

Still gathering old images of tools, occupations, and craftsmen.  Now I just need time to edit and post them in a sensible way.  To kick off this series, it’s a wood turner and his lathe from the early 15th century (German).  I think the artist may have neglected to show the tool rest here. This […]

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Robin Wood

I’ve had to watch this about a dozen times and I’ve even posted it before. Advertisements

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Pole Lathe

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 […]

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New eating kit

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. Advertisements

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The Wood Turner

A great short film about a bowl being turned on a treadle lathe. http:// Info from the Vimeo Page: Shot in a couple of hours on 2 separate afternoons, this is Leo who lives in a yurt with his partner and a variety of animals on the edge of Exmoor in the UK. He is […]

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