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Harry (Hap) Fisher of Windsor Forge, demonstrated metal spinning. Hap describes himself as an artificer (decorative metal worker). He spins pewter for making reproduction colonial items and also does hammered metal work. Above left, Hap is showing an edge trimming tool made from a piece of hacksaw blade. The lathe in use was an 8" Atlas lathe. Atlas also made the small Craftsman lathes popular in the 50's and 60's.
Sample Pewter items from Hap and Jim ____?

Both ferrous and nonferrous metals can be spun. The shape is developed over a wooden form called a chuck. The annealed blank is held against the chuck by the tailstock driving the work by friction. For developing deep shapes "break down" chucks are used. These have flat angled sides for working the shape in steps. A simple break down chuck might have a 45 degree conical section starting at the flat of the base of an item. The part would be spun to this simple shape then annealed and then spun again on a finishing chuck.
Lunch was served after Hap's metal spinning demonstration. The food was first class!
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