|Forum topic by bent||posted 1258 days ago||1918 views||1 time favorited||18 replies|
1258 days ago
every fall, there’s a historical reenactment just outside our town. it’s based on a french trading post/fort that was on the wabash river during the 1700’s. it’s called “feast of the hunter’s moon”, and represents a gathering of traders. two of my friends (dan and scott) are woodturners and put on a demo each year with their great wheel lathe. i volunteered to start helping them out. the demo is geared towards kids, they get to spin the flywheel while we turn a small toy for them to keep. there’s about 20 designs they can choose from. i think the most popular this year was the football and goblet. the toys are really nothing too fancy, but the kids LOVE them! the lathe is pretty big attraction, it’s been going out to the reenactment for almost 40 years now. it’s cool to see parents bringing their kids and they tell us that they remember turning the wheel when they were kids. the line to turn the wheel wraps all the way around our booth and usually takes over an hour. it’s amazing, none of the kids complain, they’re just so excited to get their turn to make a toy.
the first 3 photos are from friday, when it’s just school field trips. we set up and give a presentation to the classes before the feast actually starts on saturday. this is dan giving a speech about what the lathe does, and what it’s used for.
right after we set up the lathe, scott is making some test cuts.
during the actual event, here we are in action