Battle of the Turners
December 23, 2012 6:44 PM Subscribe
posted by woodblock100 (26 comments total)
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In the summer of 1545, the Mary Rose
, one of Henry VIII's most powerful warships, was sunk in the English Channel while preparing for battle with the French fleet. But this post is not about her, it is about a 'face-off' between a man running an electric lathe and one
using a foot-powered type, to see who can produce the best quality wooden bowl in the shortest time. How are these two events connected?
The hulk of the Mary Rose was recovered in 1982. More than 22,000 artefacts were found on board, among which were many of the personal items used by the crew, including the bowls from which they ate. English craftsman Robin Wood
had the opportunity to study these, and began making replicas
, using nothing but the same technology and materials that were used to make the originals - a foot-powered lathe. His YouTube channel
includes many interesting videos of his work, but begin with this one
, which is perhaps the best introduction to what he is doing.
As for the 'battle of the lathes', I won't spoil it for you here, but can simply direct you to the video
of the event.