Ornamental turning was developed in the 15th century and flourished in Europe during the 17th aand 18th centuries when kings and princes employed the best turners and engineers to produce ever more complex machines and fantastic artefacts and many of the nobility took up ornamental turning as a hobby.
|MDF Rose Engine Detailed Drawings|
By: Jon Magill
In this article, Jon provides dimensional drawings for the MDF frame of his OT Rose Engine.
|MDF Rose Engine Construction Instructions|
By: Jon Magill
In this article, Jon shows us how to make a rose engine with an MDF frame and a few metal parts. Jon sells the metal parts on his web site if you want to use a kit to make the job easier.
|DIY Complex Turning System|
By: Ian Salisbury
Ian Salisbury is an experienced woodturner from England. He was always keen on enhancing the appearance of this turned bowls, boxes and vases.
When Ian observed some woodturnings from 1870 which had been decorated with an ornamental lathe, it gave him the seed of an idea.
Ian was an industrial engineer so he used his skills to create a complex turning system which works on a standard lathe so you don't need to buy a whole second machine to be able to decorate your turnings.
Ian designed a low cost system (~$60) that uses wood, slides and other parts that are easy to find and purchase. His article covers all the details needed for you to build one of these yourself. He also includes separate documents for the parts list, and the system and rosette drawings.
Ian would look forward to corresponding with anyone building one of these systems. He would love to consider improvements and to offer help if needed. So, this project sounds like a good 2016 resolution.
Click here to see the parts list
Click here to see the rosette drawings
Click here to see the system drawings
|Society of Ornamental Turners Website|
By: UK Based OT Group
This link with take you directly to the web site of the Society of Ornamental Turners. They are UK-based but have members world-wide. This society has been studying OT since 1948 and are the publishers of the famous SOT bulletin. If you're interested in OT, don't miss this web site.
|Ornamental Turners International Website|
By: A US-based OT group
This link will take you directly to the web site of the AAW Chaper on Ornamental Turning.
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