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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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updated    01 September 2014  

Hello owners of Holtzapffel Lathes ! - My thanks to those of you who have provided details of your lathes.  Especial thanks to Josh Salesin who has added a considerable batch of numbers that I was not previously aware of.  I now have photographs of more than 170 lathes (or parts of lathes) and information that about 384 are still in existence and I feel sure there must be a total of about 450-500 out there, so please keep sending me any information and/or photographs you have or can find.

To see the UP-DATED draft version of the Register      [click here]

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/

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

At last!  The new batch of books: Holtzapffel Volume VI has been delivered by the Printers.  If you want a copy email or phone me - (contact details below).

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

To see the UP-DATED draft version of the Register      [click here]

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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.

Diary Note:  The biennial Turning Competitions of the Worshipful Company of Turners 28th October 2014. (details below)

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

HOLTZAPFFEL VOLUME VI - My apologies to readers of the Horological Journal who have applied to buy my new book: Holtzapffel Volume VI.  It has sold better than I had anticipated and is currently out of stock but I have ordered another batch from the printers.  Meanwhile, if you wish to reserve a copy, please just send me your name, address and contact tele phone number, and I will let you know when they become available.  Full details about the book may be seen on:                                                             http:www.ornamentalturning.info 


A few months ago I issued this challenge and it has been answered at last by David Swanson who has adapted his lathe to do ornamental work. 

I myself have not attempted this challenge but, if I did, I would follow a technique similar to that described in Bergeron Volume 2 for 'A Distaff with Twisted FormI also consulted Master Turner, Jean Claude Charpignon, who suggested some additional tips and the combined technique I now suggest is as shown here.   [click here]

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Evans Lathe No.1221 is now sold.  A well equipped lathe of Holtzapffel type will be offered for sale shortly  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 

Contact Information

telephone: 01732-355-479    e-mail:- ornamental.turning[at]talktalk.net  
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Meetings of    The Society of Ornamental Turners  -click here for details-

Tuesday 28th October 2014:  The Worshipful Company of Turners will be running their prestigious biennial Turning Competitions at Apothecaries Hall, Blackfriars Lane, in the City of London.  Prizes will be awarded by Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf on the afternoon of 28th October and there will be a public exhibition of the competition entries on 29th October until 4 pm.


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

16th March 2009     Welcome to my new '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]

Results of the Turning Competitions held by the Worshipful Company of Turners on 16th October 2012.  [click here]

FORUM - Q: Were these bowls made using a Spiral-Spherical Slide-rest?  [click here]

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: September 01, 2014