Bailey Quick Trim Bat
Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:26 PM
My other beef with the Giffin Grip, especially for beginners, is that it centers the lip of the pot, not the foot where you will actually be trimming. Unless you throw very centered, and your pot dries very evenly, the foot and lip will not be in perfect alignment, especially with tall cylinder-based forms.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:40 PM
Hi, I'm new to this site but have been receiving the e-mails for a couple of years. I also have the Bailey Quick Trim and really do love it. Its wonderful to be able to trim something with an uneven or altered edges, and after drawing the centering lines on the bat itself, I find centering (even the altered items) to be quite simple. However, I did find that a few of the more straight sided items were marred by the edges of the magnets. Perhaps it's operator error-pushing the magnets too tightly to the leather hard item. To correct this problem, I've put 1/4" to 1/2" thick foam pieces in between the magnet and the item being trimmed and that does help. Again, I LOVE THIS ITEM and would highly recommend it.
I was given the Bailey Quick Trim for Chrisstmas and after spending a few minutes putting it together I thought is it going to be worth it? Yes it is. I have used the Grip and by far, this is much simpler than the Grip. I have suggested to Bailey they supply taller magnets and understand they are on the way. You can control any shape you want with this. Square and trim a round foot....endless it seems. If you have a chance, try one.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:06 AM
Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:14 PM
I am lucky, I love to trim!
I center my pot on a bat, then take my sponge full of water and squeeze the water out around the pot. Tap the pot to set up suction, and trim and trim! Without clay lugs, I can run a trimming tool to the bat, if needed. To remove, just pick up your bat and twist gently, the pot comes loose!
For unusual shapes, I use a chuck and a bit of clay. Lugs to hold the chuck, the bit of clay on top of the chuck to secure the pot.
For me, trimming mes my pots look 'finished'.
Ditto to all that.. I enjoy trimming.
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