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Re: [MedievalSawdust] Fw: ISO woodworker to make pottery wheel

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  • julian wilson
    Hmm,  having had a look at the card, that s an early kick-wheel , with a very small flywheel . I d say that will require a fair degree of skill to build it
    Message 1 of 10 , Jul 21, 2009
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      Hmm,  having had a look at the card, that's an early "kick-wheel", with a very small "flywheel".
      I'd say that will require a fair degree of skill to build it "right" and properly balanced; and a great deal of throwing experience to be able to use it properly and throw "good" pots.
      The flywheel isn't very large or thick,  - and, unless it's made of a very dense stone - or cast from lead - won't store much rotational energy.
      Every time the potter kicks, that will jar his/her body, which will tend to jar the throwing hands.
      Moreover, there is no water-retaining tray arounf the turntable work-face [ a quick way to get absolutely filthy, IMHO], and so nothing to rest the hands upon while doing tightly controlled movements.
      I would even want to think about trying to use the wheel  if built as illustrated !
      Can we be sure that the illustrator hasn't used artistic license - and omitted things while striving to get the basic idea across to the viewer.
       Are there any other period illustrations of such a kick-wheel design to confirm/support the accuracy of the picture?

       Matthew Baker

      --- On Tue, 21/7/09, Barbara Dodge <awench1@...> wrote:

      From: Barbara Dodge <awench1@...>
      Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Fw: ISO woodworker to make pottery wheel
      To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, 21 July, 2009, 1:59 AM


      Maybe I have gone about forwarding this message all wrong.  Don't forget, the original request is by someone on the Merry Rose (Atlantia's e-mail list).  Her name is Kateryn Rous (katrous@yahoo. com).  I'll be happy to continue forwarding info in regards to this project from the Merry Rose to the Sawdust list if you like.  I just want to make sure all necessary info is disseminated.
      Below  marked with ** is additional info from Kateryn. 
      **FWIW, here's some period illustrations of potters ... And the 15th C playing card on the site above is the kind I'm interested in.  http://www.larsdatt er.com/potters. htm**
      Note from Barbara:
      Here is the direct link to the specific card that is mentioned above:                            http://www.khm. at/de/kunsthisto risches-museum/ sammlungen/ kunstkammer/ varia/?aid= 1&cHash=aab80f0abd
      Try to ignore the sculpture to the right!
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 8:41 PM
      Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Fw: [MR] ISO woodworker to make pottery wheel


      where are you? ( for shipping considerations )

      got pictures of something like what you want?

      foot powered or...?

      have not made one before, sounds like it could be fun though...

      Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart

      Aude Aliquid Dignum
      ' Dare Something Worthy '

      From: Barbara Dodge <awench1@cox. net>
      To: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 8:32:09 PM
      Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Fw: [MR] ISO woodworker to make pottery wheel


      Anyone on this list ever make one?

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <katrous@yahoo. com>
      To: "Keep" <keep@windmastershil l.org>; <atlantia@atlantia. sca.org>
      Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 9:31 AM
      Subject: [MR] ISO woodworker to make pottery wheel

      Hello! I am interested in commissioning someone to replicate a simple
      medieval 'kick' style pottery wheel. There is also a short video on youtube
      showing one in use http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=W6rxr07sqp8 and I have a
      few period illustrations I can send people. I wouldn't expect to throw more
      than 5 lbs of clay at a time on this (it would primarily be for using at
      demos, and making small things at home when I can't get to the studio).

      Please contact me off list to discuss. This is something ideally I'd like to
      have for next summer's demo season.


      Kateryn Rous

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