April 2, 2015

Rose Engine Lathe Demo by Fred Connell April 7 @ 6:30 PM


  If you have ever seen anything fancy produced on a Rose Engine Lathe then you will not want to miss this Demo.  Fred Connell will bring his expertise and skill to show off this amazing Creation.

  The Rose Engine has it's roots back in the late 1700's and were only affordable by very wealthy. Note this description from Wikipedia:

  A rose engine lathe is a specialized kind of geometric lathe. The headstock rocks back and forth with a rocking motion or along the spindle axis in a pumping motion, controlled by a rubber moving against a rosette or cam-like pattern mounted on the spindle, while the lathe spindle rotates. Rose engine work can make flower patterns, as well as convoluted, symmetrical, multi-lobed organic patterns. The patterns it produces are similar to that of a Spirograph, in metal. No other ornamental lathe can produce these "rose" patterns. The decoration produced by a rose engine lathe is called Guilloché.

  Very very fine and beautiful work! What a special event to be able to see this lathe operate. Not many of these exist.  Few folks are skilled in it's  operation.

  Come early to get a good seat. Don't forget to bring a nice piece of wood or a tool to share with another turner.  The raffle always fun..

  Pres. John Walsh will update us on the Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope and Artfest of Matthews coming up soon

  And warm your bones with a Cuppa from Joans' stash.
Share skills- bring a Show-N-Tell for us!

 6:30 PM.  Don't forget this one!