Along with an assortment of lathe upgrades and other toys and tools we recently obtained a Carter Hollow Roller System.
“The Hollow Roller™ System is a captive boring bar system for safely turning hollow forms and bowls. The boring bar has a flat on the bottom that allows it to be captured by the three rollers housed in the torque arrestor. This removes the worry from turning hollow forms and vessels.” ... http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=packard&Category_Code=tools-carter
So far – it worked great! We turned a manzanita burl blank quickly from a lump of wood into a hollow form. The hollowing was efficient, smooth, and totally under control. Not a single jump or snag! The whole system was very simple to setup and just simply worked. Manzanita is tough stuff, and full of random changes in grain and voids. The tool held totally steady and strong and on track.
This is a very very simple machine, yet its invaluable in configuring a production operation for hand made bowls/vessels. I know that sounds contradictory – but we have to produce unique and original creations in a time frame that allows us to make a profit.
There will be a lot to come from this new toy; this should earn its keep and hit profit very quickly. Keep tabs, we’ll post more projects soon!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com