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Photo Blog: Moxon's Kiss - Turning Tools


Plate 12
Plate 12

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The pictures above and below are from the original 1680 turning installment of Joseph Moxon's "Mechanick Exercises." The book's section on turning is lesser known than the joinery section that I wrote about last week, but it is just as fascinating. As this is a photo blog, I am really trying to convey the feel of a nearly three hundred and fifty year old book; you can read more about the book itself here.

Since I am not a turner, I have never really looked at the turning section with the attention it deserves. The images deserve more scholarship, and I think I now have some ideas for a few blogs on these pages.

The pictures in this blog are in medium resolution. If you like the pictures, feel free to click on the links to download pretty high res versions (for up to about a 14" printed picture) for your own personal use. The pictures also might make a nice screen saver or the like.

Response to these images has been great! Currently I am getting proof prints in several sizes of various image from the blog and will put them on the website once we think we know what we are doing. If you have the urge for a larger print of any of the pictures in the photo blog series, the source material I have can be used to print even larger images - up to 36" - than the download file size. If there is sufficient interest, I thought I would print limited editions of 3 per size (36", 24", and 20"), signed, on archival paper, ready for framing. Large prints of tools might go really well in an office or business settings. I certainly would find tools are more interesting to look at than yet another picture of a the New York skyline (not that it isn't lovely). Large archival prints are expensive to make and ship, but if you are interested, please drop me a line.
Plate 13
Plate 13

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09/25/2022 Willy Bemis
Dear Joel, these images are really wonderful. Thank you for publishing them, Willy
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