well hello everyone, i really had to step in for this one,i owe it to my
Most shops seem to have the reduction gear. I think their decision is
fine. I have seen several without the reduction gear. Everybody’s choice
it seems like. I chose the cavallini 100mm combination 1 to 1 ratio. I
chose it following the theory that "You can feel when the metal starts to
harden, and needs to be annealed."
That has proved true in ownership of this quality mill.
Be careful of the lower priced one’s.
glad you pointed this out. i have had my cavallini rolling mill (double
rolls, 100mm each for wire and sheet) for 13 years now and it served me oh
so well! of course i had the fortune of buying it directly in italy when i
maybe this will sound too ‘philosophical’, but i do want to state the
importance of ‘feeling’ the working/making process with your body. you do
feel the metal needing hardening (or something else) when you have a way
for it to tell you. technology is good, i am so much a fanatic at times,
but you have to find the balance. going for the easiest way (less effort,
physical, but mental too) is not necessarily always ‘good’ or desireable.
the goldsmith world tradition involves physical labor too and i myself
have learned through it a good deal. drawing your own wire or rolling your
own sheet is a physical experience. as everything else, like melting your
own alloy and just heaingr/seeing/feeling the metal changing state under
your hands, eyes and breath (if you still blow torch solder…)
hope it wasn’t too long and far off.