Smoking Bellows

Episode 27

Chris has just returned from a conference on ornamental turning. He and Jon discuss the difference between ornamental turning and engine turning, along with some of the other things Chris got up to while out on the West Coast.

Examples of some ornamentally turned boxes Chris has acquired over the years
Example of some self-lubricating, wooden bushings made from lignum vitae, by American clockmaker, Rick Hale
A cup by Brian Jackson, turned on an ornamental lathe in lignum vitae
A fused, dual-metal bracelet, 3D printed by Cooksongold
  • Fringe Element Chris described the fused metal bracelet created by Cooksongold in greater detail back in Episode 18
  • Mixed Metals Jon & Chris discussed Bob Kramer’s use of Damascus steel in Episode 7 of Off Hours
  • Chris Ploof Friend of the show, Chris Ploof, specializes in working with Damascus
  • James Binnion Friend of the show, Jim Binnion, specializes in mokume-gane
  • Bob Kramer Maker of fine knives, hand crafted from Damascus steel
  • LMT Patterned Metals Producers of Damascus and mokume-gane, operated by Chris Ploof & James Binnion
  • Brittany Nicole Cox Official website of antiquarian horologist, Brittany Nicole Cox
  • Smoking Bellows in Automata Brittany Nicole Cox’s talk for the Horological Society of New York, on horological conservation & materials for bellows in smoking automata
  • Conservation vs. Restoration An overview of conservation versus restoration
  • Ted Crom Books Chris picked up a copy of Crom’s Horological and Other Shop Tools while in Seattle
  • Speake-Marin on WatchesTV A look at a collection of antique watchmakers’ tools with Peter Speake-Marin
  • Watchmakers The Masters of Art Horology Another book Chris picked up recently that catalogues the work of modern independent watchmakers
  • 12 Faces of Time Similar subject matter to the Masters of Art Horology, 12 Faces of Time details the lives and works of a dozen of the foremost independent watchmakers of our era
  • CNC presentation Chris will be giving a presentation on October 23rd alongside friend of the show, Rich Loen, outlining everything you need to know to build your own CNC machine