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Pole Lathe Alternative

Postby Tarrel » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:56 pm

OH and myself had a holiday in Marrakech over the winter. We came across a lot of craftsmen using a hand-powered lathe as in the picture:


The spindle is driven by a bow, powered by the operator's right hand. His right foot holds the tool onto the rest, and the tool is controlled by his left hand. Much simpler to construct than a pole lathe, and smaller. The guy in the picture was turning out some lovely pieces. The younger guy looking on was his son / apprentice.
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Re: Pole Lathe Alternative

Postby Dexter's Shed » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:11 am

a friend of ours robin fawcett also uses that method, heres a video in his collection as you have mentioned above
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Re: Pole Lathe Alternative

Postby SitkaSpruce » Sat May 03, 2014 4:58 pm

That's very impressive.
Went on to watch youtube of romanian flask making on a pole lathe.
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