This was a great class with students bringing many ideas and projects. Casey Burns, a local flute maker, decided to add engine turning to his instruments. You can see the pieces he turned in the photos below – check out his website for the finished flutes! Two watchmakers also enrolled in this session trying out some exciting concepts for dials and pendants – incorporating off center work and some challenging patterns. A long time ornamental turner and enthusiast also signed up looking for new inspiration in old traditions. The results from the class are stunning.
Hey all! I hope you’ll enjoy some photos from our first session of Intermediate Engine Turning. We had another great group who brought some interesting concepts and ideas – such as using multiple centers and divergent patterns! Students used the elliptical chuck on both the straightline and rose engine, a pen chuck, the jig borer, and the Schaublin 102 to complete their various projects – from pens to watch dials!
It was a great group – a woodturner, a watchmaker, a watch collector, & a metals conservator. I love seeing the new patterns people come up with using traditional ideas. It always yields interesting results when people approach the practice from different backgrounds ! I’ve only got one space left in each of the three remaining classes, so there’s still a chance to sign up if you’re interested. Sign up here.
If you haven’t signed up yet for an upcoming engine turning class and are considering it, the time is now! I’m getting ready to order materials to accommodate special projects. I have one spot open in the beginners class and just a couple of spots in the advanced sessions. Get in touch if you have any questions!
Really… I know that sounds kind of like a buzzword… but horology is hot! People are engaged with horology, cultural heritage and preservation right now! And it’s awesome! I am so excited that friends and colleagues are getting so much attention.
My favorite object in the world (!!) is headed to London to be featured in a new exhibition on Robots!
The clockmakers museum also moved to a new gallery at the Science Museum in London. Now folks visiting the Science Museum will have the exposure to a collection that holds such an incredible and rich history for horology. It’s all such wonderful news and momentum for our field.
And to top it off, Atlas Obscura just published on article on yours truly….you can read it here!
Let’s keep it going! Get involved! Be engaged! Study! Create! Explore! You know where to reach me if you need a push.