All of the turning to date has been done on a home-made lathe which for the most part has been constructed from channel iron crome. The base is that of an old industrial sewing machine. The head and tail stock are 1" shafts which run on two pillar blocks each. The sides and cross channel of the frame are loaded with lead and this extra weight eliminates any vibration, even with natural edge bowl blanks where there is very little balance,
The only disadvantage of this lathe is that maximum turning size is approximately 11" (280mm) in diameter.
This lathe is used mainly for turning lamps where two shafts are required for mounting the timber.