Kickwheel Conversion and Other Progress

wheel head assembly oiled and ready.
wheel head assembly oiled and ready.
Large keyaki wood wheel head made to fit over steel wheel head.
Large keyaki wood wheel head made to fit over steel wheel head.

Remember this? This large banding wheel came into the studio last year, and I decided to try making a kickwheel out of it. I asked friend to weld some arms onto the neck that would act as a frame for a flywheel. This is what came back into the studio yesterday, and I must say I am very excited. After all, welding didn’t work out, but my friend was able to fashion a sleeve to fit around the neck and bolted arms to the sleeve. 2 set screws hold the sleeve in place. This arrangement can actually be disassembled for easy transport!

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IMG01865All I have left to do is to bolt a wooden flywheel to the steel frame, and I’ll be turning and paddling pots to my little heart’s content.  The large wheel head and higher momentum of this wheel will allow me to make larger work with greater ease than my low momentum Karatsu style kickwheel.

Here are a few of the other things that have been happening this last two days:

Kutsu gata food dishes. White Karatsu clay + feldspar, sand.
Kutsu gata food dishes. White Karatsu clay + feldspar, sand.
Oval food dish, Karatsu white clay + feldspar, sand.
Oval food dish, Karatsu white clay + feldspar, sand.
Ido style bowl, and it's little brother. Local Taku clay + Jiyugaoka clay, sand, feldspar grit.
Ido style bowl, and it’s little brother. Local Taku clay + Jiyugaoka clay, sand, feldspar grit.
Foot view of the same
Foot view of the same

4 thoughts on “Kickwheel Conversion and Other Progress”

  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless,
    just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  2. I love it that you’re making another kick wheel. I have thought about just buying a banding wheel and then welding it to the base of a steel bar but I’m not so mechanicaly inclined.

    I never did make that kick wheel but I have added it to my bucket list!

    Keep up the fascinating work!

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