Kickwheel 3

Here are some left over images that might be helpful if you’re trying to build one of these things. Last pic shows my wheel set up in my old studio (I had evicted the car from the garage). Straw rope wrapped around the base of the stretchers saves toes and keeps junk from falling into the internal workings of the flywheel. If you want to see a picture of the wheel in its natural habitat now, please scroll down to the post entitled ‘Clean’. I think it’s third from the bottom.
Keep in mind that the cone and cone receiver were traditionally made from porcelain. I actually saw one of the porcelain type at a factory/museum recently. The porcelain was glazed with a clear glaze, which makes sense I suppose. If you’re handy with porcelain and very good with measurements, you could make a set of these parts yourself. If you’re a real fancypants, you could even use some underglaze cobalt decoration (karakusa or something) on them. Ko-Imari wheel parts…. neat. (If anyone actually does this please send me pics) If you go ahead and decide to build a wheel, and have additional questions, please ask. Also, if you go ahead and build one of these, please send me pics (and something you’ve made on it). : )

11 thoughts on “Kickwheel 3”

  1. Great blog, I am very interested in the wood kick wheel. Was there more information other than the two blogs? My son is stationed in Japan and I am hoping to get over there before he leaves there. I want to visit and see as many kilns/studios as I can. Thanks for the info,
    Thanks, Ron

  2. Hi Ron,
    Thanks for visiting, I don’t know of any other info on the web for these things. The problem with these wheels when you buy them is the cost, more than most electric wheels. That’s why I built one and posted directions.
    I’ve heard that they can be had for less in Korea, at around $500.

    1. i’ve been searching for one of these for quite some time. very hard to find. thanks for the info.

      follow up ?, what’s the height from floor to the wheel head?

      1. I don’t remember the height, but it doesn’t matter since since it depends on your height. You need to find where the wheel head would be most comfortable for you.

  3. oh i see. there are two cones, one on top and other at the bottom. i’m assuming the bottom one is welded to the metal plate and the kick wheel base just slips into the cone/the metal rod?

    1. Just one cone nested in the bottom of the wheel head. That fits in the cone receiver at the top of the shaft. The base of the the flywheel contains a bearing. When you slide the wheel down over the shaft all the weight rests on the cone. The tapered sleeve on the shaft slides up to engage the bearing in the flywheel, ensuring that there is no horizontal wobble, but it doesn’t really bear any weight.

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