Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
ditto for turning

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I took a class with Alan Batty, a person that had worked in the British Trades all his previous life making "parts" on a lathe. One morning before class I took him a bun foot I had turned. It was good but something about it was not as good as the bun feet I had seen on old furniture. Alan chucked it in the lathe. One end had been sawed off its support and its center lost. No matter, Alan spun it up, bashed it a few times, while spinning!, and it miraculously centered itself. To this day I regret not asking-"how did you do that?!".

Alan took no more than 1/32 from part of the large diameter circumference, and adjusted one side of the cove, again by no more than 1/32, and it just popped. I have saved it for inspiration, and a reminder that I will never turn enough to get "perfect" at making turned objects.

Only a turner would notice the differences, so lack of perfection does not need to be an obstacle to making stuff that most everyone will admire. I am sure that Curtis Buchannan would be embarrassed by the spindles in his early chairs, from 30,000 spindle hindsight. Never-the-less, I'll bet their owners cherish them.

Which brings me back to the point, if you want hand tool work to be significant then the design needs to include some element where hand tool work matters- for example turning, carving & shaping, and inlay.

This is not to say that attractive design has to include hand tool work.

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What makes the "handtool" look?
David Pye's thoughts
ICBM gyros
Confusion
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Pye
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Visual vs. measurement
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Further thoughts
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What doesn't result in a hand tool look *PIC*
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Sorry, didn't read your post very well
You said it well *NM*
Affectation Vs. Artifact
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Virtue?
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Thanks gentleman
Where was "why bother"?
Caring WRT Handwork
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Easy... the eye of the beholder
You guys are way too negative
Perhaps...
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Amish
Saw handles
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Easy question
A Riff on Derek's ideas
Thanks Todd. *NM*
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Wrong question
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ditto for turning
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Not what I see *PIC*
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I'm back to what is the objective
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printing..
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Disagree
This is a line of thought often
Where is Adam Cherubini ?
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Adam's goal, as expressed to me
Chamfers on rails and styles
Edit: incomplete thought.
What is the objective
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If you can't design then copy
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