I was watching “How do they do it” today and saw the article on the Russian Nesting Dolls.
The two biggest reasons:
1) The workers are all women! They can out-turn most of us guys and not break a sweat – of course they are paid to turn out thousands of the same pieces every day, but WOW are they good!
2) The tools that are used – totally foreign to what we are used to. They look more like fancy sword edges than turning tools – and they use them for every purpose! Gouging, parting, shaping, detail work – all with the same tool!
I also appreciate the way they just pound new blanks into I guess what we would call a “jam chuck”. :-)
Watch the first eight minutes of this and let me know what you think:
-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.rhoadesclan.com