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For Sale / Re: Sale of Vicmarc VL175 for sale/swap
« Last post by Wood spinner on Today at 11:22:47 AM »
Indeed a quality lathe , You should put a asking price in the add or I will offer you a swap for a VL100 Vickmark  ;) ;D
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For Sale / Sale of Vicmarc VL175 for sale/swap
« Last post by pendragon on Today at 04:53:28 AM »
Hi, I bought this splendid lathe new about 10 years ago. I was starting a business but health and other reasons conspired against me. It has had less than 100 hours use since new. I want to continue lathe work on a hobby basis and the Vicmarc is just too big and serious for me as I get more decrepit! I want to get a much smaller variable speed lathe so am selling my Vicmarc to fund a new purchase. I really have no idea what the lathe is worth and I am quite open to offers or a swap if anyone has a nice lathe but wants a bigger and better one. Very glad to supply more details, photo's etc if anyone is interested. Many thanks
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Gallery / Re: Bread and butter commissions
« Last post by Twisted Trees on November 12, 2019, 10:48:18 PM »
I have made similar for sizing rings, but the 6mm start is a bit small for that.
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General Discussion / Re: Hi newbie question
« Last post by piper1 on November 12, 2019, 06:24:04 PM »
Cheers Brian i hope so.
 
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Gallery / Re: Bread and butter commissions
« Last post by bodrighywood on November 12, 2019, 04:14:16 PM »
I've been making crafting tools for about 10 years so get a few every so often. Not sure why there is such a sudden rush this last month or so though. Not that I am complaining. Someone ordered one of these this morning, just done it ready to post. Any guesses? The steps are in 10mm sections and are each 2mm different to the previous one ranging from 6mm to 20mm. #]#Pete
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General Discussion / Re: Hi newbie question
« Last post by BrianH on November 12, 2019, 03:53:08 PM »
look out Kev woodyturning is highly addictive!!!
Welcome
Brian
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Gallery / Re: Bread and butter commissions
« Last post by Twisted Trees on November 12, 2019, 03:14:40 PM »
Getting a customer in this sort of niche is invaluable, they spread your name around their own groups so work keeps coming, and then Google is wonderful for finding out what a thingamijig for wotsits looks like and hopefully some clues on size and weight too!
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Gallery / Re: Bread and butter commissions
« Last post by bodrighywood on November 12, 2019, 12:55:55 PM »
Basically they are used to make yarn from differe nt materials, fleeces, silk even grasses. Original drop spindles were little more than a stone with a hole in it stuck on a stick. They have evolved over the millenia into heaven knows how many types around the world and for different types of spinning. The woods are pretty much anything goes though for some like the takhili I use light weight woods such as poplar as it gets used for spinning silk, apparently down to a single thread. Most crafters working in fabric, yarn etc prefer hand made tools if possible and some of the things they ask for are really wierd believe me LOL.

Pete
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Gallery / Re: Bread and butter commissions
« Last post by Duncan A on November 12, 2019, 12:14:09 PM »
I've only the very faintest idea of what they're for or how they work, but it's nice to see such things still in demand - and that you have built up a reputation for making them so well.
Do you use any suitable woods, or attempt to use woods similar to the traditional ones in a given regional style?
Duncan
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Gallery / Re: Bread and butter commissions
« Last post by Les Symonds on November 12, 2019, 10:27:05 AM »
Wow....had no idea that there was such an international variation, but I guess that's often the case with items of folk-art.
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