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There are many historical choices for getting more information. Some of the books are a bit arcane, but they are none-the-less full of information. The YouTube videos shown below are a sampling to help you get started. Some are part of a series, and the series may be of interest to you.
Where possible, I've included links to electronic publications so you can get access to the information quicker (and cheaper). The paper version is probably better in the end as it is easier to mark up, make notes in, and reference quickly (plus, the having these books on your shelf makes you really look wise).
|video by christoslind |
A study in fixed tool ornamental turning technique from the shop of Alan Collins.
|video by Rich Colvin |
This is for some prototyping. I don't like the design produced, but it does show a fly cutter cutting on wood (in this case, Ash).
|video by ArgentBluePens |
Turning an African blackwood pen barrel using a 200 year-old Holtzapffel ornamental turning lathe. This lathe has been modified for rose engine applications and also has a modern cutting frame pulley apparatus.
|video by MandalaRoseWorks |
This is demo of the Mandala Rose Engine, a new, portable and lightweight rose engine for ornamental turning purposes. This rose engine was designed from the ground up to be motor driven and speed controlled.
|video by Ornamental Turners International |
An informal walk-around of the MADE Ornamental Lathe at the 2012 Ornamental Turners International Symposium.
|video by ArgentBluePens |
Cutting a trial pattern on a brass slug. The rose engine has been fitted with a slow-motion motor drive and operated that way for this movie. I only have so many hands and one is typically occupied holding a pint. The other is holding pressure on the slide rest and holding the camera.
|video by Scott Eagle |
Steve White shows us the rose engine and how to turn post finials in this hands on lesson provided by Lindow White and Roseengine1.com.
|video by Time and Watches |
This video shows a guilloché machine, also known as engraving lathe or rose engine, that is still used today at Vacheron Constantin to create precious decorations in the Manufacture of timepieces. By transmitting ingenious gestures to the tool in hand, by playing on shapes, spacing and interwoven motifs, the guillochéur, the artisan of relief, traces rosettes, broken lines, waves and undulations. From start to finish, the operation is performed by the human hand, of which the machine is merely an extension.
|Ornamental Turning - A Work of Practical Instruction in the Above Art, 1903 |
Evans, J. H.
|Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, Vol. 1 - Materials, Their Choice, Preparation and Various Modes of Working Them, 1843 |
|Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, Vol. 2 - Construction, Action, and Application of Cutting Tools, 1846 |
|Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, Vol. 3 - Abrasive and Other Processes not Accomplished with Cutting Tools, 1850 |
This was originally published in 1850 by Charles Holtzapffel, and was later updated by Charles' son, John Jacob Holtzapffel in 1894.
The 2d edition has 796 pages, of which 300 were revised from the first edition by John Jacob.
|Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, Vol. 4 – Hand Or Simple Turning: Principles and Practice, 1881 |
Holtzapffel, John Jacob
|Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, vol. 5 – The Principles and Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning, 1884 |
Holtzapffel, John Jacob
This is considered by many to be the manual for ornamental turning. It is a highly detailed instruction manual covering all aspects of ornamental turning apparatuses.
The language can be a bit hard to follow for someone new to the craft. Probably best to start with other books.
Holtzapffel's book is a masterly exposition of the craft but was written by an engineer in a somewhat tortuous style, with eccentric punctuation.
Forward by Wilfrid John Osborne to Ornamental Tunery : A Practical and Historical Approach to a Centuries-Old Craft, by Frank M. Knox
|Holtzapffel, vol. 6 – A Compendium of Rare or Previously Unpublished Material Related to Ornamental Turning, 2013 |
Edwards, John F.
John Edwards has compiled an huge amount of information and has published it as, “Hotzapffel, Volume VI”.
|Ornamental Turnery - A Practical and Historical Approach to a Centuries-Old Craft, 1986 |
Knox, Frank M.
If you are just starting, this is the first book to read. I purchased a used (but very good quality) copy for $16.50.
|The Lathe & Its Uses: or Instruction in the Art of Turning Wood and Metal, 1868 |
|Engine Turning 1680 – 1980, The Tools and Technique, 1982 |
You can order a newly reprinted copy from The Society of Ornamental Turners.
|Ornamental Turning, 1990 |
The art of ornamental turning in wood (and, in former days, ivory) has a long and distinguished history and it has recently experienced a renaissance among craftspeople. This is T.D. Walshaw's guide to the art, aimed not only at the experienced woodturner, but also at the novice. This book provides comprehensive chapters on purpose-built ornamental lathes (both antique and modern), essential accessories, using cutting and decorative tools, plus detailed information about screw threads and templates. There are also clear directions on using a standard engineer's lathe to create ornamental work. Fully illustrated with close-up photographs of work in stages and finished projects, plus detailed plans and diagrams, this is the instruction book for any woodturner wanting to master the art of ornamental turning.
Tom Walshaw is better known to hobbyists under the pen name "Tubal Cain" - the writer of many best-selling home workshop and model engineering guides, though he is not the same "Tubal Cain" who has many videos on YouTube (AKA, MrPete222).
If you are just starting, this is the second book to read. I purchased a used (but very good quality) copy for $14.00.
|Ornamental Turners International||The Ornamental Turners International (OTI) is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. |
|The Society of Ornamental Turners||The Society of Ornamental Turners exists to encourage, develop, and promote the study and practice of the art of ornamental turning. |