You guys really liked my last blog post about the Jarvi Bench, which made me happy as it was my 200th.
I thought I’d follow up with a simpler process video I recently found that also makes me quite happy. In this one, a man named Robin Wood recreates the techniques used by one George Lailey, who died in 1958 at 89 years old. Robin spent 5 years researching Lailey’s techniques, recreating the very simple, entirely foot-powered lathe (a “pole lathe”), hand-forging all of the turning tools necessary, and rediscovering the techniques required. Since 2008 he has been turning out a set of large, nesting bowls each year on the anniversary of the death of George in commemoration of his life’s work.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator