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Spring pole lathe. Why would anyone want to build one?

1521 Fritz Buhler - Carpenter (Zimmerman)  from Mendel Housebook.

1521 Fritz Buhler - Carpenter (Zimmerman) from Mendel Housebook.

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He's using a foot powered pedal connected by rope that is wrapped around a shaft and goes up to a/ limb spring above his head. Its called a "Pole lathe" to make round things of wood as they spin and get cut by the blade.

He's using a foot powered pedal connected by rope that is wrapped around a shaft and goes up to a/ limb spring above his head. Its called a "Pole lathe" to make round things of wood as they spin and get cut by the blade.

Oriental 5024   f. 184v   Carpenters

Oriental 5024 f. 184v Carpenters

Measuring timber. Circa 1440. Detail from Catherine of Cleves Hours Morgan Library MS M.917 pp. 104-105

Measuring timber. Circa 1440. Detail from Catherine of Cleves Hours Morgan Library MS M.917 pp. 104-105

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