Jul 27 2018 0 Comments
- 10 x Ornamental turning lathes dating from 1824.
- 1 x Extremely rare Rose engine lathe from 1804.
- 800 pieces of the ancient art of ornamental turning (rated as second only to the famous Fred Howe Collection in England).
- 5000 woodworking tools dating from 1600 AD.
- 3000 named pieces of wood from around the world.
- 3500 Books on lathes, tools and wood, etc.
Lindsay Holland very kindly opened the doors for me and we talked tools for ages. I found Lindsay very passionate and full of knowledge. He is pretty much an open book.
In ornamental turning, an object already subjected to plain turning processes is ornamented by further operations carried out on it by cutters which are made to revolve independently of the lathe mandrel. Ornamental turning is an exceedingly beautiful art.
Bob Lynn, founder of the museum spent a lifetime working with wood. In the process he built a substantial business which produced woodwork for some of New Zealand's most prestigious buildings. Bob was an avid collector of wood crafts, wood turning and tools associated with woodworking and an enthusiast in keeping the traditional crafts alive. Bob developed a special interest in reviving the ancient craft of Rose Engine, Swash and Ornamental Turning.
The finest ornamental turning lathes were made by Holtzapffel who started business in London in 1795. About 200 Holtzapffel lathes are known still exist. The museum has eight of these lathes and other by Gill, Evans and Bower.
Here are some pictures I took during my visit.
- The museum is located at The Plains Village , Maronan Road, Ashburton
- Contacts: John 033088349, Lindsay 027523107 or Elizabeth 0274523102
The cherry on top to close my visit to the museum was just hidden behind the building. I could definitely have one of these in my backyard.
Definitely a hand tools and woodwork paradise in New Zealand. Priceless.