James Ham's Forum

This is a blog site maintained by James Ham to post and receive comments on all subjects related to stringed instrument making and repair - with a special emphasis on the new making of string basses.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

New Toy


Just to get started, I'm posting a picture of the latest addition to my shop. It's a Drummond treadle lathe made in England in 1924 and still works beautifully!

2 Comments:

Blogger violins said...

Wow. I am really jealous of you. Wish I had a lathe like that. I wonder if they exist in the USA.

May 27, 2008 at 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too, am envious of your treadle lathe. I have seen two treadle lathes located on the east coast of the USA. I have lived off the electrical grid for nearly thirty years. I have several line-shaft era belt drive machine tools. I am in the process of fabricating a treadle drive system to power a 9"swing metal lathe and a 12" band saw. I have already made a treadle powered scroll saw. I use cast iron flywheels, salvaged from castoff excercise bicycles. I learned of your adjustable neck design from Joseph Curtin at this year's Guild of American Luthiers conference.

August 2, 2008 at 2:43 PM  

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