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Ken Hume
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Post Historical pole lathe
on: August 2, 2015, 13:14

The 1635 book by Van Vliet illustrates a pole lathe wood turner at work together with a carpenter.


The pole lathe illustrated by Van Vliet being used to turn a chair leg is no different from those being used today by bodgers to make chair legs.

The illustration of the carpenter at work squaring a timber on the floor is probably less accurate in as much that the axe would more than likely damage to floor to say nothing of the carpenters foot !

An earlier illustration by Jos Amman in 1568 is probably closer to a more accurate depiction of a carpenter using an axe to hew timber.


The carpenter in this illustration is wearing a belt around his waist holding a joggle stick and nearbye can be seen a twybill, ink line, drill, broad axe and in the background a morticing axe and 2 man cross cut saw etc.

The 1540 illustration shown below illustrates a similar device being worn about the waist.


Ken Hume

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