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random #28: Archival footage: Wood turning in Germany, 1926

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 1810 days ago 1627 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This video from 83 years ago follows a German woodworker as he selects a log half, cuts out a bowl blank on a large band saw, and then turns 3 separate parts to create a lidded bowl. It’s neat to feel such a kinship with a guy at his lathe some 13 years before his country would enter into WWII. I wonder if he made it to the war, and what he thought of it. There’s something a lot more tangible about this video than the still black and white photos of men with saws over their shoulders standing by huge, fallen trees – my usual window into woodworking during this period.

I watch the wood chips pile up on his left arm, just as they do for me here in my own present time. I wince sympathetically when his hook tool catches at 6:08. I note the injuries on at lest 3 of his fingertips, dark marks around his cuticles. With some small amount of introspection, I realize he’s a much snappier dresser than I. Also, his lathe is bigger, and he has a more complete set of tools.

Wait… what was that? Was that jealousy? I think I need to get me one of those hats.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator



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spanky46

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#1 posted 1810 days ago

Your right, all your missing is the hat! Interesting!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 1810 days ago

I got that hat !

-- Jeff,

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PetVet

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#3 posted 1810 days ago

Neat video. Makes me look like I turn in slow motion.
There are therapy groups for people with lathe envy Gary…

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1810 days ago

Thanks for the video, Gary. That was interesting.

I could see you in that hat. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 1810 days ago

Great video—-Thanks Gary

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1810 days ago

The bottom of the bowl must be awfull thick to take the screw point in stead of using a chuck.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 1810 days ago

Gary, Excellent video!!! Thanks for posting it!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#8 posted 1810 days ago

Thanks, that was entertaining and a great piece of history.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#9 posted 1810 days ago

Cool Gary very interesting

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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scrappy

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#10 posted 1809 days ago

Great post Gary, Nice look into history.

I like your turned hat better then his. haha

Thanks for shareing.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 1809 days ago

Nice video Gary.

Thanks for sharing

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#12 posted 1809 days ago

Cool video….I wish my turnings came out so smoothly….love the old tools and centers….lot of them are the same we use still…

Thanks Gary for sharing such a nice piece of history….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 1809 days ago

Reminds me of Grandpa who by the way came from Germany. Veryyyyyyy Coooooooooooooooooooooooooll

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 1808 days ago

Suweet!, I like the music too. I want a lathe so bad. I’ve never turned before but man would it be fun.

Thanks

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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