Category Archive: Turning

Jan 19

Ladder making and more…

I’m reading this very interesting little book at the moment. The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees, by Robert Penn. The book was given to me by a couple of former colleagues from the ‘day job’. The book is all about the Ash (Fraxinus Excelsior) and it’s multiple uses. …

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Jan 20

Ornamental turning

I’ve been poking around on the web looking for information about ornamental turning. A while back I saw a reference to a Holtzapffel lathe, which to me seemed incredibly complex, you might say ‘steampunk’ in today’s phraseology. It transpired that this incredible piece of engineering was in fact called the ‘Rose Engine and Ornamental Turning …

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Jan 09

Maurice Franklin, Wood Turner

I couldn’t resist asking for permission to re-use the pictures from this post from the quite wonderful Spitalfields Life. Please click through to read the heart-warming story of Maurice Franklin, who still works as a wood-turner in the back of The Spindle Shop on Hackney Road in east London. …

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