Engine Turning Classes and Easy Workshop Ramen

Hello all! I’ve been pretty swamped with the finishing touches on the workshop, client work, and getting Engine Turning classes up and running, but I wanted to share a bit about what’s been keeping me so busy. This week I’ve had the pleasure of David Lindow’s excellent company. We did some fun class prep work – basically dismantling parts of the rose and straight-line engines, truing – adjusting – lubricating… the result was really exciting and incredibly rewarding. Here are some photos of this weeks classes!  Of course the day started off right with local “hand forged” doughnuts (haha), coffee, and a little inspiration.

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dialWe made a wax chuck for this 6497 dial blank and then turned it on the rose engine. There was a lot of lead up experimentation….

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Students took off on their own projects after a bit of trial and error – figuring out phasing and pattern development. Master Lindow was always on the ready to troubleshoot.

student1 masteratwork rob class pat chris2 terrance cuttingdrapes penbarrel penchuck2 penchuck P1000088Overall it was a wonderful few days with some great people! So much information learned and imparted by David – who incidentally builds a modern version of these masterpieces. As well as the most gorgeous machine ever made.


The MADE ornamental rose engine
The MADE ornamental rose engine

And now for the workshop recipe! I’ve been noodling around a great deal and had quite a bit of trouble figuring out inexpensive, convenient and still delicious meals to have at the workshop. Indeed, my desire to bring “quick, cheap and easy” to  the culinary art form while not compromising my shop standards has brought about the quest.  I thought I’d share this latest recipe with you, in case you too, have experienced the same struggle, as it represents at least some degree of success.

Easy Workshop Ramen


This recipe only requires three fresh ingredients: Kale, garlic, and ginger. Easy items to obtain from your local grocery and they stay fresh for quite a while – with the exception of perhaps the kale…


You only need the following cookware:

Hot plate, small cup, personal wok (doubles as a bowl), small cutting board, knife, spoon, (optional chopsticks or fork). I use a small spoon to roughly measure out the ingredients and a knife to chop and grate the ginger. All of the ingredients should be readily available at an Asian grocery store. Most of them (or a version of each) can be found at a general store. Here is what I use:

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Prep time – 5 minutes or less

Cook time – 15-20 minutes

Servings: 1


1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 cloves garlic – minced

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

3 cups vegetable broth (3 teaspoons vegetable bouillon in 3 cups of water)

1/2 cup mixed dried mushrooms broken into pieces

1 package fresh Ramen noodles (or dry – but fresh is AMAZING!)

3 leaves of kale torn into 1/2 inch pieces

optional garnish: sesame seeds, fried shallots, and sriracha sauce


Add the sesame oil, garlic, and ginger to the wok. Let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the vegetable broth and mushroom pieces. Let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes or until mushrooms are soft. Add the noodles and follow the time specified on the package (usually about 7 minutes). Throw in the kale with about 2 minutes to go. Remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds, fried shallots, and sriracha. Delicious!

ramen soup2 finished!




12 thoughts on “Engine Turning Classes and Easy Workshop Ramen

  1. Those dials look absolutely stellar!

    It’s good to see these turning engines still being loved & used.
    Recently I was working on an old Hampden 16s pocket watch and thinking that those bridges could really have used much better turning work. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. I’d definitely be interested in joining if more classes open up!

    1. Thanks so much! It was a lot fun. So much experimentation and endless possibilities! I’ll certainly post any updates about future classes. We’d love to have you!

  2. Awesome machines there. I only know the last one, through talking with David.

    David was the one who taught me engine turning, briefly. I spent about an hour on one of his portable small machines at a NAWCC regional show in York, PA a couple years ago. Wonderful guy, very patient with learners, ingenious. For those that don’t know, he runs an excellent ornamental turner’s newsletter that goes out every so often, once a quarter I think. I think you can request to be added to a mailing list of it if you contact him. It’s a treasure trove of rose engine work knowledge, nothing else like it out there, anywhere in the world from what I know.

    As for the piece he let me make on his small machine, I turned the brass medallion into a very elaborate balance tack, with an adjustable locking collar and arm to support the balance. It’s beautiful, and I owe David a great deal of thanks for teaching me the basics!

    Very envious of all who got time to really play with these machines.

    1. Thanks Andrew. David is really an amazing craftsman and it was such a privilege to have him at the shop. I’m excited to hold more classes in the future – maybe you can make it out to Seattle!

      1. Right now it’s just a small limited program, but in the future it may be opened up if there is enough wide scale interest.

  3. It’s been a great few days. What could be better than great machines, great friends, great projects, and great food all in a beautiful shop located in a beautiful city.

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