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Slice it like Pye – FineWoodworking


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Jeff Miller is thought for his furnishings, however his earliest explorations in woodworking revolved round repairing and constructing historic woodwind devices. With no prior coaching and no mentor, he labored from books and experimentation to construct Baroque flutes, crumhorns, and cornettos, typically making his personal specialised instruments alongside the way in which. The expertise left him with a “mechanical confidence” that adopted him into furnishings. He wanted that when he discovered himself enamored of the beautiful fluted bowls made by the English craftsman and theorist David Pye and determined to construct his personal model of Pye’s “fluting engine.” Finding out images of Pye’s machine, Miller readily constructed the framework. However perfecting the chopping motion, and particularly the cutter itself, was rather more difficult. Miller’s first cutter, floor from a instrument metal rod, tore out terribly. Subsequent, he tried mounting the pinnacle of an adze on an aluminum rod. A lot better. However actual success got here when he cold-bent and floor a bar of instrument metal to a form like a spoon carver’s hook knife. After many months of trial and error, Miller says, “the primary time I acquired nice outcomes was unbelievably thrilling.” He’s been fortunately immersed in utilizing the fluting engine ever since, producing a wide range of vessels, and “exploring the quirks of the machine.”

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—Jonathan Binzen

Images: Jeff Miller

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