Glendale Woodturners Guild Lathe

  • Various Artists, Glendale Woodturners Guild Lathe, 1999, purpleheart, ash, maple, cherry, walnut, ebony, teak, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Glendale Woodturners Guild, California, 2000.38A-Q

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The Glendale Woodturners Guild in Los Angeles is a part of the American Association of Woodturners. Inspired by the "collaborative challenge" at the 1999 AAW symposium, thirty-two members of the guild decided to undertake a group project to build a lathe completely from turned wood. Over six months they designed and crafted each individual part, including the motor, chisels, and nuts and bolts, using a total of thirty-one different hardwoods. The lathe is mechanically accurate and demonstrates the combined skill and craftsmanship of all those involved in the project.
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"When a group bounces a number of ideas around, positive participation will tend to produce better ideas and creative solutions than separate individuals achieve." Bill Haskell, Glendale Woodturners Guild member
Glendale Woodturners Guild Lathe
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28 x 36 x 17 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 43.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Glendale Woodturners Guild, California

  • Occupation – craft – woodworker
  • Object – tool – lathe
  • Object – art tool – chisel
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