Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Inspired by Ray Finch's Potters Wheel.

At The start of last year we
visited our friend Matt Grimmitt at Winchcombe Pottery,
Matt gave us a tour of the pottery
it was a real eye opener for us.
One of the main things that has sat in my head since then
was Ray Finch's wheel.
It has a wedging bench attached to the back of it
and it struck me that this is a great idea.
So one year on and now in the middle of re-planning
the layout of our workshop I have decided to make my own version.
So here is a step by step guide.
This is my Wheel above
and here below is a 3ft x4ft table I brought from ebay
locally for £30.
First of all Marion sanded down the top for me to get rid 
of all the varnish,
then I set about cutting it, not in half but just a bit more.
"Oh My god he's cut a decent table in half"
I hear you cry!
Do not be alarmed I have a cunning plan.
First I had to remove the on off switch which was fitted
 to the bit I want to take off,
then offer up the table to the back of the wheel
and mark the bit to be cut,
at this point I removed the shelf and cut the marked areas,
then I fixed the table to the wheel using these
angle brackets. ( I only used the two big ones )
 The finished job and a new very sturdy wedging bench.
 Part of my cunning plan was to use the other half of the table
as a draining board next to the sink,
no waste and two great jobs in one.
All part of the service from Barrington Pottery.
This year I hope to do more blogging than last year
but make sure they are of interest to potters
around the world.
Happy Potting Potters.


smartcat said...

Talk about repurposing! This is a great idea! Looking forward to more posts about potters and pottery?
How is your weather keeping you?

Paul Jessop said...

I don't think I've ever seen so much rain over such a long period of time, but luckily it hasn't been too much of a problem for us, and the odd sunny day in between has been a bonus. not to cold either so far.

Dan Finnegan said...

I know that wheel well and it is a great idea!

Lori Buff said...

Oh Dear, now I may have to do some reconstruction.

Ross Weir said...

Do you still have the wheel?
I have just taken delivery of the same and its missing a few bits. Looking for someone with one who is happy to point me to the specs for replacement parts. Main part is the missing trip/rcd. Any ideas what size/spec this is?

Barrington Pottery 10 Years in the making!

This Year Barrington Pottery will become 10 Years old It's been an incredible journey with some amazing highlights, but it's ...