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A comprehensive and valuable resource on ornamental turning, OrnamentalTurning.net showcases the craft, machinery and tools, as well as the fascinating items that result.

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Skinner sells rare Holtzapffel rose engine

Skinner, Inc. auctioned Holtzapffel's lathe #1636 for $238,000 on December 1st in its Marlborough gallery. The lathe, made in 1838, fetched what may be the highest price ever paid for such machinery to date. Two additional Holtzapffel ornamental lathes were also sold at the auction, as well as a variety of ornamental turning equipment, books, and turned work in ivory and wood. A one-of-a-kind set of ivory-handled tools with silver engraged ferrules, displayed in a large double-door mahogany cabinet, made and shown by Holtzapffel in 1851 at the London Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations sold for $43,200.

Holtzapffel collection displayed first time in 82 years

The Wizardy In Wood Exhibition,held last October at Carpenters Hall in London was the first public display in 82 years of the Science Museum’s Holtzapffel Collection— one of the finest collection of ornamentally turned ivory and wooden artefacts in the UK. Exhibition details