Niceties of using a pole lathe

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Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby davestovell » Tue May 14, 2013 3:51 pm

I love using the pole lathe, the control over the power stroke and feel of the turning. I love the peacefulness and lack of dust, and how the sound of the outside world isn't drowned out by noise.

Recently I had a couple of long tailed tits land on the poppets, standing very still, no more than ten inches from my face, I waited as they spent a couple of minutes looking around.

Yesterday I discovered I had some more permanent visitors (see photo), Some solitary bees have started capping off egg chambers they have made in my poppets. They seem quite happy for me to carry on as they come and go. :D
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Re: Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby woodness sake » Wed May 15, 2013 5:03 pm

back to nature and beyond?
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Re: Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby RJWEcology » Wed May 15, 2013 5:42 pm

I really like this! :D
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Re: Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby bulldawg_65 » Thu May 16, 2013 2:47 am

That is fantastic David! I'd love to see something like that in my back yard. :)
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Re: Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby jrccaim » Thu May 16, 2013 5:06 am

I never thought I'd find a pole lathe "problem " like this one. Bees in the poppets? Birds on the mandrel? Bats in the belfry!? I take my hat off to this thread. Bravo! You couldn't make it up if you tried. It is to be hoped that the birds don't eat the bees. However, it is nature and that's why I love pole lathes. If you do get bats in your pole lathe do let us all know :) I for one am eagerly awaiting the next episode of this drama.
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Re: Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby Robin Fawcett » Thu May 16, 2013 9:08 am

I had some leaf-cutter bees nesting behind my bench vice a couple of years ago...
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Re: Niceties of using a pole lathe

Postby davestovell » Thu May 16, 2013 9:18 am

I had some leaf-cutter bees nesting behind my bench vice a couple of years ago...


Sweet. I like the way you can do your thing and they can do theirs, I just have to pause every so often so the bees can use my poppet wedge as a runway.
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