Quoting Darrell & Kathy :
> This year at Pennsic I brought along my portable pole lathe.
> It's based on a design by Mike Abbott called "Pole Lathe 2000".
> This is a lathe for the modern itinerant turner. It folds up into
> a small pile of parts, and is easy to move even when assembled.
> On our first day at Pennsic I enlisted my son to help carry the
> parts to the Aethelmearc Royal encampment for the "Artisan's
> Playtime" event. There were some woodworkers, some fibre
> artists, and a few others, all plying their trades. We entertained
> and educated and were in turn educated and amused by our
> passing guests.
Heavy on the woodworking, have been talking up the list to all
handtoolies who were the majority, including an example of that
declining species, the woodshop teacher! Kathy was making wood flowers
as learned at the last Bodger's Ball, start with a green stick and if
your knifework is good end up with a wooden crysanthemum.
When I left the activity, I picked
> up my tool box in one hand, put the lathe over my shoulder
> and wandered back to camp. Yes, it is that portable.
> At the Thescorre Baronial Camp, where we camp with Esther,
> I set up the lathe on the edge of the site, right along the main
> This gave passers-by a good view of the action, and allowed
> me to engage them with cheerful banter when they paused
> to watch.
Our camp has sheetwalls about waist high, defines the space but permits
conversation and easy to let someone in... We started yelling "tourist
stop!" at the passing bus to the parking lot and one actually stopped
for a couple minutes ;-)
Impending visitors snipped. It ran in my mind that I had seen a reamer
made frome some hacksaw blade on John Alexander's site
.greenwoodworking.com/SawSteelTaperedReamerPlans). Ours was
about 4" of blade snapped off with no taper and eventually wore out
from the blade widening the slot (recall this was fairly green walnut..)
> I found two pieces of slabwood that were thin and were flat
> on one face.
Actually he had sorted them out when we were gathering out share of a
load of firewood split with a neighbor.
> Here is the tool I made for reaming the holes:
I think casually making the required tool as needed was the biggest
shock to the non-galoots. Turn a random turning exercise into required
shape, drill hole with brace from SWMBO's class, swipe spare dowel from
SWMBO's class, done. Kathy taught a class in making an embroidery
scroll frame. Guess who was the _only_ person to reverse the holes on
one part? (yep, that would be moi)
> And here are the stools. Note the flats on the sides of some
> of the turnings. This is the hubris of the woodworker.
> "I can split this one more time and get two blanks"
> This is what Roy calls the Workmanship of Risk I guess.
> One of the legs was so poorly split out that it is a plain
> mostly-just-a-cylinder, without ornamentation.
The entire operation amazed the baroness. She particularly liked all
on site, mostly in camp.
> When their Majesties arrived I presented them with seats
> and regaled them with a short story about the origin of
> the stools. Their bravery and sophistication were very
> evident when they gamely took their ease on furniture
> that was, until very recently, residing in the firewood pile
> beside the entrance to our camp.
ring mandrels snipped
> St Roy's lathe snipped but there were several people trying Darrell's
> and taking pix (dimensions in cm conveniently on all the parts on one
> Somewhere along the line some tales of high adventure must
> have reached the ears of my kingdom's monarchs, because I
> was called into court and given an award for my woodworking
> skills. It's a pretty cool event, with all the pomp and ceremony
> one would expect of a royal court, but also with a hint of whimsy.
> These guys like to have fun.
And I am very proud at the fast recognition of the gentleman I
introduced to the SCA.
> So that's what I did on my summer holiday.
> It was a load of fun, and will generate fun for others if we
> do indeed pull a few new people up onto the Porch.
> SCA Iohn Spooner, itinerant treenmaker, arms TBD.
I was going to ask if you and Katrina have started designing devices
now that you are armigerous.
SKA Otelia d'Alsace
Or, on a chevron verte, 3 fleurs Or