TURNING, one of the most
effective and satisfying modes of ornament, has been
employed from the earliest times in constructive and
decorative woodwork, and this volume has been designed to
assist the professional craftsman and the amateur in
practical lathe work.
The uses of tools and the
methods of manipulation for various classes of work are
clearly given, and suggestions are offered as guidance for
the setting out and grouping of the recognized classical
members so as to secure correctly proportioned and graceful
The numerous illustrations include many examples of
turnings in different styles, and in several cases
full-sized working details are given.
The volume has been written and
(for the most part) illustrated by Mr. William Fairham, and
aimed to assist not only the home worker, but also practical
wood turners, cabinet makers, pattern makers, joiners,
carpenters, wheelwrights, junior draughtsman, and teachers
and students in Technical or Day Continuation Schools.
The art of Wood Turning
consists, broadly speaking, of forming timber into such a
shape that, if a section be taken at right angles to the
axis on which the work is revolved, the section will be a
circle. The machine or appliance in which the timber is
revolved whilst the cutting action is in progress is called
Fig. 1 is a sketch showing
the front view of a standard foot or treadle lathe. Fig.
2 illustrates the back view of the same lathe, a
complete numbered list of parts being given on page 3.
Various makes of lathes differ in design and
construction, but the general principle is the same.
length of the bed of the lathe shown in the illustration is
3 ft. 6 ins; and the height of the centers from the bed is
5 ins. The extension piece (No. 14) was in this particular
case made after the lathe was bought, so as to enable the
worker to turn table legs, etc., up to 2 ft. 8 ins. long. A
sketch, Fig. 3, is shown of this off the lathe proper as