Vintage Woodturning book, 1921, 1937

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  1. odie

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    Just ordered it. I love looking through old books. You always learn something. I will have to look to see the author of the other really old one I have.
     
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    Great, John...... :)

    I also enjoy old books. My initial learning experiences on a lathe were helped along by a vintage turning book from around the 40's or 50's.....back when I was first learning on the ol' Shopsmith. I haven't seen that book in a long time, darn it. It was a good book. Wish I still had it.....probably got lost in the shuffle somehow. :(

    These days, I have to be very careful about how I spend my $$$$$, so I have to separate "needs" from "wants"......but, I do spend pretty freely on shop supplies and wood! o_O

    Anyway, hope you enjoy the book, John......glad an appreciator like you got it. :D

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  4. Michael Mills

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    If you like one slightly older you may like this. Published by Charles Holtzapffel in 1850 and updated by his son John in 1881.
    https://www.amazon.com/Hand-Simple-...70070&sr=8-1&keywords=hand+and+simple+turning
    Seems not a lot changes... from the section on scroll chucks (did you know a Mr. Alexander Bell was working on a 3 jaw scroll chuck?)...page 232 " the work while under operation sometimes escapes or is thrown out of the chuck with more or less violence" ... sound a lot like Orbiting. Hooks tools, yep had them, the Raffan hollowing cut appears to be explained in great detail.
    Lots of interesting stuff.
    Here is the result of an auction for one of Charles H's lathes.
    https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2623M/lots/232
    If you can stand to read a lot on the screen you can download the book in pdf here.
    https://archive.org/details/turningmechanica04holtuoft
     
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  5. stu senator

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    If you go to the gutenberg project and search for wood turning this is what I found. It is free for reading but look at the license they give. You can download and read in the US but other contries I don't know.

    This was froma quick search.
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    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/48179/48179-h/48179-h.htm
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    A
    MANUAL
    OF THE
    HAND LATHE:

    COMPRISING
    CONCISE DIRECTIONS
    FOR
    WORKING METALS OF ALL KINDS, IVORY, BONE AND PRECIOUS
    WOODS; DYEING, COLORING, AND FRENCH POLISHING;
    INLAYING BY VENEERS, AND VARIOUS METHODS
    PRACTICED TO PRODUCE ELABORATE WORK
    WITH DISPATCH, AND AT SMALL EXPENSE.
    BY EGBERT P. WATSON,
    LATE OF “THE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN,” AUTHOR OF “THE MODERN PRACTICE OF
    AMERICAN MACHINISTS AND ENGINEERS.”
    ILLUSTRATED BY SEVENTY-EIGHT ENGRAVINGS.
    PHILADELPHIA:
    HENRY CAREY BAIRD, INDUSTRIAL PUBLISHER,
    406 WALNUT STREET.
    LONDON:
    SAMPSON LOW, SON & MARSTON,
    Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet St.
    1869.
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    I have not read it yet but will put it on my pad to look at later.
    Stu
     
  6. Bill Boehme

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    That's what I need ... learning how to produce work with "DISPATCH". :D
     
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