This section describes various aspects of the Craft of Ornamental Turning.
A Short History of Turning (written originally for the website of the Worshipful Company of Turners) [click here]
Definition and Brief History of Ornamental Turning [click here]
Ornamental Lathes and their Accessories
This is an introductory treatise which includes a brief history of ornamental turning, pictures of lathes and their accessories with notes on their uses and examples of work. It is divided into 10 parts each of which may be accessed by clicking on the links below:
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Techniques of Ornamental Turning -
Shapes that may be formed on an O.T. Lathe [click here]
The Eccentric Cutting Frame - comprising a description of the instrument, an explanation of its various uses and examples of work made with it. [click here]
The Ellipse Chuck [click here]
'YouTube' videos related to O.T. [click here]
The Elliptical Cutting Frame [click here]
This section contains drawings of ornamental turning equipment intended to assist the reader to make replicas.
Last modified: February 24, 2013