This handbook forms the second of a Series of HANDY- BOOKS FOR
Some of the matter and illustrations may be identified as having
been taken from various technical periodicals to which they were
originally contributed by me. A few of the items
originated from other sources, but have been re-written for
publication in this hand-book.
lathe, which is claimed to be the creator of mechanism, is a
machine in which all mechanics should be interested. Knowledge
of the art of turning finds useful application in all the
mechanical arts. Not only is a large proportion of the community
employed in these arts, but individuals interest themselves in
their practice, as affording pleasurable and profitable
recreation. Turnery occupies many workmen, and has special
claims on amateurs. If this handy book tends to promote this
fascinating and useful art my object will be attained.
lathes now commonly employed for general woodturning are
most simple and primitive.
3,500 years ago, the potter's wheel, which may be considered to
be the primogenitor of modern lathes, was known and used.
of the oldest Egyptian monuments the God Ptah is represented
working at a potter's throw, or wheel.
The modern throw possesses but slight modifications, and is
substantially the same tool as that used for the production of
antique pottery ware, some of which still remains unsurpassed
for beauty and skillful execution.
modern form of turning-lathe, in which the work is suspended on
horizontal centers, was commonly used by the Greeks and Romans.
Though none of the early writers have left anything like a
graphic description of the lathe of their time, yet the tool is
frequently mentioned by Herodotus, Cicero and Pliny - that is to
say, at a date some centuries before the Christian era.
LONDON, P. N. HASLUCK