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.



Photos from Engine Turning II Class

We held our first advanced engine turning class last weekend! It was great to see some familiar faces, as the class was made up of returning students from previous sessions. Some students focused their time and energy on one ambitious project, while others tried using different materials, figuring out patterns from photographs of antique objects, and integrating both rose and straightline machine patterns in one piece. Here’s some examples of what we got up to. By demand, a level three class is in the works! Learn about classes and register 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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Engine Turning Class No. 2

We ran two engine turning seminars while David was here, so I thought I’d share some photos from the second group. We saw some really beautiful pattern developments on day two. I didn’t capture as many this time around, but here are some photos from this class and a few of the students. You can see more photos and info about the first class we ran here.


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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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