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the most glorious wheel head

updated mon 17 oct 11


mel jacobson on sun 16 oct 11

in kyoto the standard wheel head was wood.
turned on a lathe, about five inches thick. solid cherry.
now, that was a serious wheel head.
i have made a couple for experimental wheels.
they are nice. the former hopkins high wood shop
and metal shop were great places to gone.
kids get to take french five, or `history of small countries`
or some such thing. (or, `how to get along on facebook`)
and think how interesting that is
for kids that have hand eye coordination times 100.
but, they are just the dumb kids anyway. who would care?...we need
social interest classes, feel good classes...or, how to think you are
`big shit`, even if you are not.

still have a couple wood heads..but has tommy mentioned,
a good sheet metal guy or iron guy can make any
sort of wheel head you would like.
show him your wheel's shaft, size it.
and bingo. there is not a steel shaft that a good metals
guy cannot cover. (those shafts are almost all the same.
like standard 3/4 or up to an inch.)

i have seen great bronze wheel heads in japan.
it all depends on the region...or country.
they come all sizes and shapes...and of course
raw material.

i mounted a shaft and wheel head on
my decorating table. (old thrown out potters wheel shaft.) added a 20 inch
formica wheel head and use it for decoration. (wax etc.)
now that is a decoration wheel. spins for hours with one

all of that stuff is easy to make. i took the shaft and base of an
old amaco spinner. (decorating wheel) expox'd a wooden wheel head on it...a=
nd it
really works. screw it to a table....whoooowheeee. add some nice
gun oil and spin that baby like a dream. it is really funny to walk
into schools all over the country and pick up one those spinners and...
gunk, it won't turn. solid.
no one has ever oiled them. worthless crap.

and don't you laugh.....those darn kilns ruin pots. fire too fast.
it is a joke. untrained, no nothing with a degree in art education.
who was the professor that trained them? they know nothing either.
theory. or commonly called bs.
from: minnetonka, mn
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Patty Kaliher on sun 16 oct 11

First a question? Could my Brent C wheel handle a steel wheelhead? In thi=
salty environment it would have to be stainless but I'm amazed at the scrap
pieces John is finding behind the college welding shop. He invented a jig
for his lathe for turning spheres made from scrap stainless and parts of a
medal lathe, all scrap from the college.

Speaking of John, he takes discarded microwaves from the county dump
(recycle center) and removes the magnets. After I showed him how to spray
glaze on the porcelain roofs we made for his bird houses turned from wood,
he took the turntable out of a microwave and made an electric turn table fo=
the spray booth. One slow steady speed, perfect for spraying glaze.