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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 highese 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.

4 Dec 2012

Holtzapffel collection displayed first time in 82 years

The Wizardy In Wood Exhibition, to be held October 16 – 20 at Carpenters Hall in London, will offer the first public display in 82 years of the Science Museum’s Holtzapffel Collection— without a doubt the finest collection of ornamentally turned ivory and wooden artefacts in the UK. Exhibition details

4 Oct 2012

Gorst Duplessis featured at OTI Symposium

Gorst Duplessis shared his OT skills and knowledge as the featured speaker at the OTI Symposium in Scranton, PA, September 27–30. Gorst offered an innovative and inspiring command of the art and took center stage at different times over the weekend. OTI symposium details

30 Sep 2012

OT enthusiast Bob Lynn passes

Woodworker, ornamental turner, author and founder of the Lynn Historical Woodworking Trust Bob Lynn died February 3rd, 2012 at the age of 97. The museum of woodworking and ornamental turning lathes and tools located in Ashburton, New Zealand, houses eleven lathes dating from 1804 including six Holtzapffel, two Gill, one Evans, one Davies, and a Bower rose engine.

4 Feb 2012