Intermediate Engine Turning I

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!

 

Workshop Feature

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!

In other news, I am excited to say Hodinkee magazine did a write up on the Atlas Obscura article. You can read it here.

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Newsletter & Classes!

Let me start by saying, very best wishes for the New Year!

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-5-38-14-pmTo start the year off, I’ve put together a newsletter containing shop updates. It’s basically a summary of happenings and the latest offerings at the workshop. It will cover upcoming classes, new making whimsies, featured conservation projects, riddles, and more. If you’d like to check it out or subscribe, you can do so here. Below are some excerpts from the newsletter. Don’t worry, I wont flood your inbox with stuff; it will be a rather infrequent publication.

The exciting news is that I have finally put together some class dates! Student numbers are very small this time around based on student feedback. We’ve set the limit at 4 to 6 people per class – so everyone gets more time on the machines and more one on one tuition. David Lindow will be  joining me in March for some advanced level classes. See class descriptions and sign up here!

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I’ve Published a Book!

Gosh – can you believe it? Well, I hardly can…I’m so very excited to announce the publication of  Sacred Geometry – a 16th Century Coloring Book.

In an effort to engage a more diverse group of individuals with the incredible designs the rose engine can generate, I approached ornamental turner Al Collins with the idea of a coloring book. Seeing that these patterns could be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, I wanted to seize on the opportunity of the coloring book boom and found the perfect platform! In this highly accessible form, I hope turners and enthusiasts might take the opportunity to share these designs with others and their loved ones. The symmetry of the patterns drawn on paper to those turned on a box are made clear and the art form relatable to a broader audience. It is my hope this unique compilation will spark both inspiration and curiosity in equal measure.

– Here are some photos of the original machine drawings –

It was quite the challenge researching publishing platforms, papers weights, bindings, etc. Eventually I settled on self publishing and worked with Evolution Press for the covers & Abracadabra printers in Seattle. There were many proofs and edits along the way – such as ordering and pairing the patterns and picking out the binding.

 

Now that all is said and done, I’m really happy with the results!

The front and back covers are letterpress. The front features a pattern from the book in copper – imitating the optical properties of guilloche work. The back displays a letterpress of the MADE lathe technical drawing. The binding is copper wire, allowing the book to lay flat as you color. The 72 unique patterns are printed on 180lb uncoated white paper – so your coloring utensils won’t bleed through and colors stay true. The book is limited to 300 copies and was handmade here in Seattle, Washington! Keeping it local!

For the technically interested, I’ve put together a book of receipts. This lists the steps for how to generate each pattern in the book on the MADE lathe or similar patterns on any rose engine.

And because I’m so excited about this project and wanted to offer something super special, I compiled a limited special edition of the book – hand signed by the authors + the MADE lathe team. It includes the book of receipts, a hand dyed copper, cotton tote bag, a set of colored pencils, and an engine turned bookmark – all hand made at the Memoria Technica Workshop. They are hand numbered & limited to 24 copies.

If you’d like to snag one – they’re available here!

You can see photos of the finished version below along with some photos of the special edition perks – like an engine turned bookmark I made.

 

No.1 Round Two – Intro to Engine Turning

We got the jig borer set up for laying out dials, which produced great results. Some students even tried their hand at engraving.  A diverse group of talents – jewelers, wood turners, ornamental turners, art conservators, watchmakers, and artists coming from all over the US – Nevada, California, and South Carolina – made for a really dynamic class. We really had a wonderful time and are looking forward to this coming weekend’s advanced group! It turns out one of our students from this last class is quite the photographer. Thanks Alexandre for sharing your gorgeous shots!

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