Engine Turning Classes May 2018


I’m excited to announce the latest schedule for engine turning classes is now up and registration is open!

Register HERE.

David Lindow will be coming out to teach intermediate and advanced classes with me this May after I start off the month with Beginner’s Turning. He will be bringing a Lindow Rose engine equipped with higher amplitude rosettes, allowing students to try a different machine and produce more dynamic patterns than what my Leinhards are currently capable of.


David will also be giving the second lecture in the series at the Stimson-Green Mansion, entitled “The History of the Rose Engine from Kings to Craftsmen.”

Tickets now available HERE. 

About the series:

“Lectures are held on a quarterly basis, the second Tuesday of the month, and are open to anyone with an interest in horology and decorative arts.

Join us for a journey through the history of science, art, and mechanical timekeeping. This series features guest speakers from many disciplines related to aspects of the horological field, including engine turning, mechanical magic, ornamental turning, celestial bodies and navigation, and the art of the goldsmith.

To submit topics you would like to explore or if you are interested in sponsoring the series, please contact us at: info@mechanicalcurios.com”

It’s not too late to become a sponsor of the series. All proceeds go to venue fees, speaker fees, as well as food & beverages. The series would not be possible without our sponsors! We are very grateful for the support. Check out our sponsorship packages HERE.


The Magic of Horology 2/13

Hi All! The series is kicking off next Tuesday at the Stimson-Green Mansion. I’m very excited for Memoria Technica to start this partnership with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

I am not sure what the future of the series will be after this first year, but I can’t wait to find out how it progresses.

Come out and celebrate horology and heritage next Tuesday with us! Get tickets here.

For those of you who have already purchased tickets or a sponsorship package, please come to will call when you arrive. See you soon!

Lecture Venue:

Stimson Green Mansion

1204 MINOR AVE – SEATTLE, WA 98101

Doors open at 6:30, light refreshments will be available, and the lecture will start promptly at 7pm. Q & A to follow.

We ask guests to sign in upon arrival and suggest a $10 donation.

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!








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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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!