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ORNAMENTAL TURNING

from the viewpoint of a practitioner.  

containing: a Gallery of ornamentally turned items made by the author, information about the Craft of Ornamental Turning, including a treatise on Ornamental Turning Lathes and Equipment, advice on certain Ornamental Turning Techniques, a list of useful Books, a catalogue of items For Sale and Wanted, information about HoltzapffelEvans and other makers of OT equipment; and Links to other websites of interest to ornamental turners.

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HOME PAGE

updated    28 February 2015  

Q: and A:  Sharpening Hand Tools and Ornamental Cutters   [click here]

NEW  -  I have set up a page on FACEBOOK, so if you would like to be informed whenever I update this website,  just ask to be added as a friend to my Facebook Ornamental Turning Page.  You can find it by clicking on this link:  https://www.facebook.com/ornamentalturning.co.uk  

or you can open your own Facebook Homepage and type Ornamental Turning in the search box.  This will show you several pages with O T content.  Click onto the one with a photo of a  Holtzapffel lathe and you will be on my Ornamental Turning Page.  

Register of Holtzapffel Lathes  to download a copy         [click here]

updated:   30th January 2015   (Additions: Identification list of well-known former owners; and 2438; Revisions: 2214 & 2432)    

updated:   26th January 2015   (Additions: 2132 & un-numbered; Revisions: 540 & 2432)        

updated:   16th January 2015   (Additions: Nos.135 & 690)        

15th January 2015   (Addition: No.1520) Numerical List now annotated where photographs are present.

14th January 2015  (Revision: No. 1972) 

12th January 2015   (Additions: Nos 420 & 1555; Revisions: Nos 016, 620, 699 & 1071)                                                                                

Thank you! - to those who have sent me details and photographs of their Holtzapffel Lathes for the Register.  If yours is not shown please send me a photo.

Holtzapffel Volume VI   is in stock.  If you would like to buy a copy, email or phone me - (contact details below).

MY SINCERE APOLOGIES TO READERS.  

I HAVE HAD COMPUTER PROBLEMS WHICH CAUSED ME TO BE UNABLE TO MAKE ANY UPDATES TO THIS WEBSITE.  THESE PROBLEMS HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETELY RESOLVED BUT I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO RESUME NORMAL SERVICE QUITE SOON.

I hope you all enjoyed a Merry Christmas and I wish you, belatedly, a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

On the internet there are now many YouTube videos about various aspects of O T.  I have listed here a selection that you might find interesting.  If you find others that you think are particularly useful, please tell me about them.  [click here]

RESULTS of the Competitions of the Worshipful Company of Turners 28th October 2014.

Master's Competition for a Matching Pair of Goblets:  Winner Maggie Wright;  2nd Paul Coker; 3rd Mike Bain;  4th John Fells

Felix Levy Open Freestyle Competition:  Winner Nick Agar;  2nd Jean Turner; 3rd Rodney Page.

WCoT Open - Fiona Woolf Competition on the theme of 'Energy for Life in the Square Mile':  

Winner John Edwards;  2nd  Paul Coker;  3rd Joey Richardson; Commended Nick Edwards.

      for more pictures     -[click here]-     

Bert Marsh Senior:  Winner  Stuart King;  2nd Pat Spero;  Bert Marsh Junior:  David Batchelor.

S.O.T. - Lady Gertrude Crawford Gold Medal:  Richard Hoodless;  Fred Howe Gold Medal:  Paul Coker;  

A.W.G.B. - Senior Class:  1st Nick Agar;  2nd Sally Burnett;  3rd Marcel Van Berkel; Commended Rodney Page; Graham Bernard; Gwilym Fisher.   Junior Class: 1st  Tom Streeter;  2nd Matt Underwood;  3rd Jack Sims.  Ray Key Competition for Juniors:  1st Tom Streeter;  2nd Matt Underwood;  3rd Lorne Mulley.  Pole Lathe Turning:  1st  John Burbage;  2nd Katie Abbott;  3rd  John Burbage.

 

 

Ornamental Turning Lathe for Sale  - - - - - - - - - - - Re-listed at reduced price! - - - - - - - - - - -  

     

by W. Overton of Worcester 1841-60     -[click here]-

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If you are interested in Engine Turning, Hand Engraving, Jewellery, Gem Cutting and/or Gilding you might find some interesting information on the video "All that Glistens" which may be viewed on:     http://engineturning.me/

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NEW items on the For Sale Catalogue - brackets for Spiral Apparatus, Dividing Chuck, Oblique Chuck, Overhead Crane, Superior Reciprocator     [click here]

Ornamental Turning Lathes (2) for Sale  - - - - - - - - - - -  and  - - - - - - - - - - -                    

      

                         

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Register of known Holtzapffel Lathes   I am currently attempting to put together a concise register comprising: Serial Number, special notes, Country of present domicile and a photograph if available.  Names of some famous previous owners are included but the names of current owners will not be disclosed without their express permission.  Any reader wishing to contact the  owner of a specific lathe should state their reasons and I will forward them to the owner who will be under no obligation to respond.

If you own a Holtzapffel (or Evans*) lathe, or if you know someone else who does, please contact me and, if possible, send me a good digital photograph together with any details of its type, equipment level and history. 

*  I intend to compile a similar Register of Evans Lathes as these also bear serial numbers.

SOLD - Brown & Sharpe Omniversal Milling Machine - but still two machine vices available for sale 

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Contact Information

telephone: 01732-355-479    e-mail:- ornamental.turning[at]talktalk.net  
                          - please use the @ character in place of [at]                            

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DIARY:  

Meetings of    The Society of Ornamental Turners  -click here for details-

 

the author's Holtzapffel #1869 Rose Engine and Ornamental Turning Lathe rebuilt by John Bower c.1848

16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine!  16th March 2009     My 'Armbruster Mark II' Rose Engine! 

As smooth as the best Holtzapffel Rose Engine but more versatile: this Rose Engine has a '5C' collet system within the mandrel, so it is quite easy to adapt any chuck to fit it; it also has a combined amplitude adjuster and dog-leg drive to allow a pumping motion from rosettes without 'crown' (flank-cut) profiles.

Well done Fred - and congratulations to everyone who has (or will have) the privilege of owning one of these magnificent machines.

recent updates     

AUCTION RULES amended to make it clear that a 'BUY IT NOW' bid beats all other bidders and closes bids on that item  

A SHORT HISTORY OF TURNING  - This is an article I wrote in 2001 for the website of the Worshipful Company of Turners and I now reproduce it here [click here]

Rose Engine & O.T. Lathe: the best  ever made by Holtzapffel & Co., sold at auction on 1st December 2012 

   [click here for more information]

FORUM - MYSTERY ROSE CHUCK? - Information Wanted . . . . . for more information and more pictures                       [click here]

[click here to go to the 'FORUM' PAGE for more Q's & A's]

 

 

 

Last modified: February 28, 2015