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Engine Turning - looking for info and equipment


#1

As a lurker for several years, I have learned much and appreciated
the collective knowledge of the group, especially for odd, niche
topics. I’m looking for some assistance with one of those odd
topics.

In the archives there is a reference to a great article on engine
turning by Peter Rowe. Unfortunately, the source of the article was
not included and I couldn’t find it in the Orchid library. Does
anyone know where I would find this article?

Also, does anyone know of a possible equipment supplier carrying
straight line engines? I’m familiar with Gold’s Machinery on ebay,
but would like to find a source closer to Arizona.

TIA,
Teri Jo Kinnison
Desert Fire Art Glass
@Desert_Fire_Art_Glas


#2
Does anyone know where I would find this article? 

Sure; I’ve got it on my site; along with some other “gems” by the
same author: http://users.lmi.net/~drewid/PWR_engine_turning.html

Also, does anyone know of a possible equipment supplier carrying
straight line engines?  I'm familiar with Gold's Machinery on
ebay, but would like to find a source closer to Arizona. 

These machines are pretty rare, Teri. I doubt you’ll find any in
Arizona. But you might be able to achieve similar effects using a
small CNC machine, some of which, like the Taig, are manufactured in
your state.

Best of Luck-
Andrew Werby
www.unitedartworks.com


#3

Lew Wackler in Boulder Colorado is very well versed in these
machines. He owns and uses them, knows sources, and
probably most everything else about them. For many years Lew did
work for a Count in NY who was creating Objects d’ Art similar to
those made by European royalty in the 18th, 19th and early 20th
centuries. He sells, restores and also offers classes in the use of
these machines. Be forewarned these machines are not inexpensive.
Lew’s number is 303.499.7850 - Tell him Rough and Ready sent you.

I have been working on an article for Lapidary Journal about Lew and
his antique straight-line and rose engines. One of these days soon I
hope to have the article finished.

Steve Green - Rough and Ready Gems www.briolettes.com
Gem Briolettes and Ultrasonic Drilling


#4

Thank you to all who responded to Orchid and to me privately. Those
odd pieces of that I needed were readily provided.
Again, Orchid has proven itself to be an excellent and unique
resource!

Thanks also to Hanuman and those who provide financial support to
keep this resource available.

Teri Jo Kinnison