Yesterday I came home to find a nice surprise sitting in the drive. A 5 inch thick slab of Keyaki (Japanese elm). Last year I had asked a sawmill owner friend of mine if he could locate one for me, and it took a while but he really came through.
I am going to use it to build a new kickwheel, a low wide one that is good for making large pots. Two 20 inch pieces, the flywheel and wheel head, will be cut from this slab, and trimmed round. The hardware will be made from porcelain, rather than tempered steel like my upright kickwheel. I think it will be an interesting project to make things the traditional way.
If you want to see my upright kickwheel, there is a post on it in the archives of this blog.