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10-16-2007 03:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bowl turning traditional

This is a pretty interesting video posted by robinturns, the guy working the hardest in the video. Please note, I had nothing to do with the production of this video. I only found it while surfing youtube. If you want to make comments for the poster, the link to the posting is here.

Robin does an entire bowl in the video located here.

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 03:41 AM

Tom -

That was totally cool! Thanks.

Is the leg powered lathe an early Nova or OneWay model? :-)

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#2 posted 10-16-2007 03:52 AM

There’s a lesson here.

It’s substance over style the way I see it. <g>

P.S good one Tom.

BOB

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 03:52 AM

Poolewood I think. :)

It’s pretty neat. He can only cut when the turn is anti-clockwise…he has to back out when it unwinds. It’s pretty cool, but with the left leg this guy must have, he’s gotta be walking in circles when he’s in open field.

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 04:10 AM

Tom -

Your knowlege amazes me! Very cool link. Thanks!

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 04:59 AM

Lots of fun. Some real skill there.

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 05:02 AM

Tom;

That was pretty amazing!

Great comment about the open field. I guess the faster he walks, the tighter the circles, huh??

Lee

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#7 posted 10-16-2007 05:06 AM

That was wild… but I’m not going to show that one to my wife…

must save a bunch of money though – not buying a lathe, or having to go to the gym.

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#8 posted 10-16-2007 01:44 PM

that is awesome!!!

it’s also interesting that the older of the two uses the new-fangled electric contraption and the younger of the two uses the muscle-powered V-5 (that would be 5 toes) machine.

Very cool indeed.

maybe he changes legs when he switches the bowl to the other side.. getting both legs the same workout..

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#9 posted 10-16-2007 03:18 PM

Great vid – I’ll never show that to my wife..she already gave me the evil eye when the lathe showed up in the shop last week. After seeing this vid she would want me to use hand saws instead of chain saw to cut trees down.. forget about a making me use a foot powered lathe <laugh>

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#10 posted 11-22-2007 01:23 PM

Well thanks for the comments everyone, I just followed all the links back from my video page to find this forum have already had a fun look around. If you enjoyed the previous video you might enjoy these.

We just added a couple of new videos on youtube of a commission I had to turn a bowl for Robin Hood from oak from Sherwood Forest, on a foot powered lathe of course.

Here’s the short fun version of Robin collecting his bowl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7TIvkUZvps

and the slightly longer version with more on the making of the bowl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3RZ2ltC8Ps

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#11 posted 11-22-2007 01:48 PM

welcome to the LJ Shop Robin.
wonderful videos. (love the motorcycle ending .. made me chuckle)

It is FASCINATING to watch you work. Who needs electricity!

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#12 posted 11-22-2007 02:29 PM

Welcome aboard Robin.
You are the essence of the word -Bodger.
Can you find us plan for the foot lathe that you would recommend?
Also can you reverse the bowl direction by reversing the pulley?
Obviously yes but can you turn in both directions?

Bob

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#13 posted 11-22-2007 03:17 PM

Cool one, Tom!

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#14 posted 12-12-2007 11:13 AM

Hi Folks sorry for the slow reply. Thanks for the nice comments. Bob there are plans for lathes on the website of the association of pole lathe turners www.bodgers.org.uk
“You are the essence of the word -Bodger.” I actulaly really dislike this word and the increasing use of it. i don’t know if it has the negative “botcher” ie badly done job conotation in the US but it does here. Bodger as applied to woodturning is a modern word with no great history (first recorded early 20th century) it only applied to a few dozen chair leg turners around high wycombe. The word was popularised by Mike Abbotts excellent book “green woodwork” and mike found that in the early days calling himself a bodger helped get press coverage he now feels it has a negative effect. Bowl turners were never ever called bodgers.
Can you tell i have had that rant before….sorry.
Also can you reverse the bowl direction by reversing the pulley?
yes simply wind the strap the other way but its rarely easier to cut with the wood turning away.
Obviously yes but can you turn in both directions? indeed there is only power as you press the treadle try to cut on the return stroke and everything just stops.
just posted a video of my other work…making a bridge from a single tree here http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-jH-e2nD3WQ

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#15 posted 12-12-2007 03:14 PM

simply amazing. The bridge itself is a treasure. Thank you for sharing the video.

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