Ornamental turning (Saturday Turning SIG – 21 July 2012)
The Saturday Turning SIG had an afternoon session at the workshop of Peter Bloomfield to look at the equipment and techniques required to do ‘ornamental’ turning.
Peter demonstrated the arm he had set up to fit his VL 300 lathe. The arm holds a small router which is moved with the arm across an arc, the radius of which is determined by the length of the arm. After cutting a depth groove across the face of a bowl, the bowl is then turned away to that depth. Further cuts with the router will be at a consistent depth relative to the new face.
Fred Morton has been working on this style of ornamental turning for some years and he brought along some examples of his work. Fred also showed some of the equipment he has made for his lathe to enable him to do these pieces.
Those who attended the afternoon were grateful to Peter for setting up the afternoon as we all learned a great deal. However, it was also obvious that to be successful, some experience in engineering would be very useful and that setting up equipment takes a great deal of time.