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Also during at Lake Constance, we visited a smallish Medieval Faire, where a turner demonstrated his craft.


This is his simple, manual turning lathe which worked quite well. The rotator? is propelled by the long branches on the bipod, which are connected to a foot pedal below the lathe. The turner works this whith his foot, and the flexible branches give enough movement to the rope at the far end to create the necessary turning. I didn't pay close enough attention to know if it always turns in one direction or not, though.


Close shot with the rotating part and his work piece. It takes a lot of time to do it in this way, obviously.


And a display of the tooks he uses, as well as some finished pieces.
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I would be fascinated to watch him work.
It was! :o)
What a lovely little fair. I always enjoy watching tools that we think of as so advances operate on a manual basis. Even though it would take longer this way, it would still be much faster than carving them 100% by hand, and it would allow for duplicate, identical finials. What fun!

- Erulissse (one L)
I always enjoy such craftwork finds on fairs, too.
Fascinating. I am envious; I have never seen one of those being worked.
Oh - I am so glad this prompted you to post those.

I love watching wood turners at work - there is an English word for them - bodgers. I do like that word. Sadly in more recent years it has also come to mean someone who does a not-very-good job of something as he doesn't have the right tools, or skills. Which is a pity as a bodger does have the right tools and skills to produce turned wood!