For the Robert Sorby part of my scenario, I have been searching for a way of creating a basic outdoor machine which could be used to practice woodturning on. Completely by chance, I came across a video (see screenshot above) on Instagram shot by fashion photographer The Sartorialist (“Scott Schuman (@thesartorialist) • Instagram photos and videos”, 2016) showing a man in India using a pedal operated knife-sharpening machine.
This led me to research other forms of pedal powered machines, where I found Scott Lewis’s pedal powered lathe (“Scott Lewis’s Human-Powered Lathe”, 2016). Built to accompany an article in American Woodturner, Scott built the lathe using old bicycle parts and timber. He constructed it in the Dominican Republic to teach school pupils basic wood turning techniques. One of the most interesting things I found about the machine was that the person pedalling did not need to cycle very fast in order for the lather to spin the wood very fast.
The lathe project was part of Turners Without Borders and they have made the drawings for this machine available for free online (“Turners Without Borders – American Association of Woodturners”, 2016).
A pedal-powered lathe in SketchUp. (2016). SketchUp Blog. Retrieved 5 December 2016, from http://blog.sketchup.com/sketchupdate/pedal-powered-lathe-sketchup?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRons6jIZKXonjHpfsX56uQqXKC%2Fg4kz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMTcNkNq%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7bBKc1j1d8QWBXj
Scott Lewis’s Human-Powered Lathe. (2016). Vimeo. Retrieved 5 December 2016, from https://vimeo.com/130475634
Scott Schuman (@thesartorialist) • Instagram photos and videos. (2016). Instagram.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016, from https://www.instagram.com/thesartorialist/
Turners Without Borders – American Association of Woodturners. (2016). Woodturner.org. Retrieved 5 December 2016, from http://www.woodturner.org/?page=TWB