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!
All 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: