Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Antique Treadle Lathe

A not so well kept secret around here is that I am often not very 'girly' & have a decent collection of power tools, & another less than well kept secret is that I like 'old stuff'.

While visiting my cousin today to pick up some glass tools he had made for me, a question on my part led to an area of the workshop I hadn't been into for a while (it is not a small workshop & spans two buildings)....going through the door I was stopped in my tracks.

JP Antique Treadle Lathe

There sat an Antique Treadle Lathe. Of course I squealed....& ohhhhed.... & ahhhed... & made sounds that may have resembled "I want it".

In the Goodman Engineering workshop there are many wonderful pieces of modern machinery, both those that require vast amounts of skill & precision to operate & a big computer run thingamajig that takes a whole different skill set to run. At one time or another I have wanted them all.
But this piece is something really special! It is really quite beautiful - no doubt in part to do with being faithfully restored by my patient & talented cousin.

Antique Treadle Lathe

I was allowed to have a brief play & try out the treadle. Like the old sewing machines it is all in the timing (says she who managed to make it run backwards). For a few minutes I stood there & imagined the past, a past with no electricity ... & realised what a fabulous leg workout one could get on this machine!
Of course I also thought about the unlimited shape possibility's for speciality shaped mandrels....

Antique Treadle Lathe

This beauty is up for sale - if only I had the money.


angelinabeadalina said...

OMG, how much is $600 kiwi when converted to US$?? Just kidding, sort of, kind of. . .I gasped a great big "Oooooooooooh" when I opened your blog to the picture of this baby, and I didn't even know what it was! I can only begin to imagine what fun you must have when you go visit your cousin.

rosebud101 said...

That is one great machine, Deb! I wish I had the money to buy it and transport it here. Your cousin did a great job!