Snippets from Engine Turning No.1

We just had our first engine turning class of the year! We had a lovely time and saw some beautiful patterns. It’s always so exciting to see what a fresh perspective will bring to the craft! This group of students consisted of artists, chemists, ornamental turners, and watchmakers.


David setting up the ring chuck


Showing off the 102 collet set

Showing off the 102 collet set



Amie, exploring form and pattern on the rose engine


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An overlaid rope pattern



Exploring spirographs on the rose engine


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Another Amie exploration


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Straightline machine patterns (left) and rose engine moray (right)

Straightline machine patterns (left) and rose engine moray (right)



Sterling silver straightline machine drape by John





Nathan and Ed making pens on the straightline machine


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Dial by Jeremy

Dial by Jeremy



Pewter door pulls by Robert


More of Robert's work

More of Robert’s work



Amie tries pumping on the outside diameter of a rosette for a ring on the rose engine



Pumping on the inside surface of a rosette for a ring


If you’re interested, we have just one space remaining for this coming weekend’s class on beginning engine turning! Sign up on the class page!

Visiting David Lindow

Hello all! I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season! I’m spending mine at David Lindow’s shop working on some exciting projects – from developing a mechanism and testing materials for analog holograms to guilloche work and ornamental turning. Another friend Stephen Franke is here building a regulator! Here are some photos from the first week. I hope to share some photos of what we’re working on soon.wheels lathe2 latheceiling depthing crossslide colletschucks drillpress drills calculator bridgeport1 bridgeport bandsaw balloon2 wheel wheelspoke arborpress2 arborpresswheel christmaslights1 dials dials2 clockplates cave david hands2 arborpress hotairballoon hm heattreat hands engineparts rosettes shelf stakes parts3 parts partsbox material pantograph nuts reamer steve2 steve vice4 wheel2 wrenches vice tablevice table stocksupport stand lion lights2 lathe




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.

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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!

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