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Marcia Selsor    1,301

I will test drive tomorrow. But I can say sitting on the slanted stool already feels better than bending over the wheel head.

Marcia

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ayjay    119

My wheel has the seat attached, as do all the other wheels I've ever used (four or five) apart from one kick wheel (used standing).

 

Is it safe to assume that I'm sitting in the right place?

 

It's a Cowley Double Drive if it matters,  and is the same as this one below.

 

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ayjay    119

Is the seat adjustable? I can't see any mechanisms in the photo.

Marcia

Not in the usual sense of the question:  as a Carpenter I would have no trouble re-attaching the metal frame in a different position on the casing or adjusting the length of the legs, (although I've never felt the need).

 

The simplest adjustment to make would be to put something under the legs to tilt the seat  a little - this would most mimic the other wheels I've used with fixed seats.

 

I just thought it was a little odd that all the people responding were using separate seats.

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Babs    386

The seat looks a bit low for me, I like to sit level with or slightly higher than the wheel head and now have my stool tilted and have found this takes pressure off my sciatic nerve.

Must be a personal issue at some level but there are ergonomically sound practices out there somewhere.

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

Check the first picture in the first post of this thread. There are three settings on the legs using the bolts. The one for me is good at the post above. The one for Pietro is the highest setting as in the first picture.And yes it is personal...or more physical than anything.

Marcia

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Benzine    609

Careful there Ben, I hurt my neck last year while doing pull ups. Herniated a disc. Lots of therapy to bring it back. Only felt like a sore neck in the beginning, but then had numbness on the left arm and hand so went to see doc. Yep, everyone needs to be careful as injuries come when you least expect.

 

Best,

Pres

Yeah, I've been taking it easy lately Pres.  Hopefully nothing is herniated, which I why I am being cautious.  Pulls ups have never caused any pain.  I think what caused it, is a combination of bad posture, and some of my bent over weight lifting exercises, such as rows.  I'm going to add some Yoga into the mix for the summer.  Worst case scenario, even if I don't help my back, I'll align my Chi.

 

Also, in regards to throwing position, I was watching some various ceramic-related Youtube videos, and in one of the videos, the potter sat on a Brent wheel.  I mean exactly that.  It was the standard looking Brent model, and the place where most people set their tools, water, etc, he used as a seat.  I had never seen that before.

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JBaymore    1,432

  I mean exactly that.  It was the standard looking Brent model, and the place where most people set their tools, water, etc, he used as a seat.  I had never seen that before.

 

 

You mean that is not the seat? ;)

 

best,

 

......................john

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Benzine    609

 

  I mean exactly that.  It was the standard looking Brent model, and the place where most people set their tools, water, etc, he used as a seat.  I had never seen that before.

 

 

You mean that is not the seat? ;)

 

best,

 

......................john

 

 

Don't joke John, upon seeing that video I though, "Having I been throwing on Brent's wrong this whole time?!"

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Babs    386

Which side did the potter throw from?? There are no absolutes in ceramics.......Prob read that you must sit as close tho the wheel as poss.

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Benzine    609

Which side did the potter throw from?? There are no absolutes in ceramics.......Prob read that you must sit as close tho the wheel as poss.

 

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Babs    386

This guy is very sensible, the right place to sit, the seat given is way toofar from the wheel head, for me!

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Benzine    609

I don't think I could, or least would want, to do that on my Brent.  I have an IE, so it doesn't have the welded steel frame, like most the other Brent wheels do.  It would probably hold me just fine, but I'm not finding out.

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Babs    386

Benzine looking at your avatar, you should cut off the given seat and get heaps closer to t he wheel head! You could drive a combi between you and the wheel head! Just thinking of your back in times to come. 

just your superior strength keeping you healthy at present. :D

Its all downhill from here. :o

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Benzine    609

Babs, I started falling apart, once I hit thirty.  So it can really only get worse for me.

 

And I can't hurt that couch, it's my lounging area, for when I'm waiting for things to dry and such... or just procrastinate.  

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Benzine    609

Probably true Babs.

 

Years ago, I would notice that, in the summer, my sciatic nerve would be irritated.  I figured it was because I ran more during the summers.  I now think it was due to the fact, that I was sitting on my butt more in the summers.  This is as opposed to being on my feet constantly in my classroom, helping students, throughout most the year.

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I'am throwing on a Shimpo adjustable chair. I'am very satisfied with it.

 

Nonetheless, last Saturday when I was throwing a (too) big chunk to throw "off the hump" I got myself an inflamed tendon from elbow to the fingers and now I'am wearing (Doc's order) an arm brace for 2 weeks (night and day) to not get that "electric cow  fence feeling" in my hand every time I move the fingers. No potting for me for 2-3 weeks. Take care of your backs folks but also take care of your hands and wrists.

 

Evelyne

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Benzine    609

Very true Evelyne.

 

Doing a lot of digital work, on the computer doesn't help with wrists either.  A lot of positions and movement, involved with using the computer, aren't exactly natural.  That's why lately, I've tried to set my home laptop up higher.  I believe that setting it on my lap, has caused me to sit/ look down unnaturally causing my neck and back pain.

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TJR    359

 

Careful there Ben, I hurt my neck last year while doing pull ups. Herniated a disc. Lots of therapy to bring it back. Only felt like a sore neck in the beginning, but then had numbness on the left arm and hand so went to see doc. Yep, everyone needs to be careful as injuries come when you least expect.

 

Best,

Pres

Yeah, I've been taking it easy lately Pres.  Hopefully nothing is herniated, which I why I am being cautious.  Pulls ups have never caused any pain.  I think what caused it, is a combination of bad posture, and some of my bent over weight lifting exercises, such as rows.  I'm going to add some Yoga into the mix for the summer.  Worst case scenario, even if I don't help my back, I'll align my Chi.

 

Also, in regards to throwing position, I was watching some various ceramic-related Youtube videos, and in one of the videos, the potter sat on a Brent wheel.  I mean exactly that.  It was the standard looking Brent model, and the place where most people set their tools, water, etc, he used as a seat.  I had never seen that before.

 

Ben;

What I would do is purchase an extra Brent for $750.00, and use that as a seat. You wouldn't have to buy a CXC, you could get away with a B.

I saw an undergrad student try this,[sitting on the table] at Alfred when I was there. I asked her what she was doing. She said; "I'm left-handed."

The wheel still spins the same way whether you sit on the table, or get a chair. Don't worry, I helped her out.[ as in got her a chair. What are you guys thinking?

TJR.

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Babs    386

 

 

Careful there Ben, I hurt my neck last year while doing pull ups. Herniated a disc. Lots of therapy to bring it back. Only felt like a sore neck in the beginning, but then had numbness on the left arm and hand so went to see doc. Yep, everyone needs to be careful as injuries come when you least expect.

 

Best,

Pres

Yeah, I've been taking it easy lately Pres.  Hopefully nothing is herniated, which I why I am being cautious.  Pulls ups have never caused any pain.  I think what caused it, is a combination of bad posture, and some of my bent over weight lifting exercises, such as rows.  I'm going to add some Yoga into the mix for the summer.  Worst case scenario, even if I don't help my back, I'll align my Chi.

 

Also, in regards to throwing position, I was watching some various ceramic-related Youtube videos, and in one of the videos, the potter sat on a Brent wheel.  I mean exactly that.  It was the standard looking Brent model, and the place where most people set their tools, water, etc, he used as a seat.  I had never seen that before.

 

Ben;

What I would do is purchase an extra Brent for $750.00, and use that as a seat. You wouldn't have to buy a CXC, you could get away with a B.

I saw an undergrad student try this,[sitting on the table] at Alfred when I was there. I asked her what she was doing. She said; "I'm left-handed."

The wheel still spins the same way whether you sit on the table, or get a chair. Don't worry, I helped her out.[ as in got her a chair. What are you guys thinking?

TJR.

 

Thought you were going to write that you bought her a wheel with directional change....hair colour??? :D  :D

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Mark C.    1,798

I have a story about this that occured last a few days ago in Alaska

My friends in Homer took me by another potter they knew who lived close by to introduce us.

He was gone at the time so I used his stand up wheel (my 1st time at one) and threw a bowl and left it the wheel head as a surprise.

The stand up felt great after sitting for 40 + years at a wheel

We dropped by later and visted him and talked story.

We had  both been in the clay business about equal time.

He also had a car kiln like mine and was high fire.

Mark

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oldlady    1,323

it is always fun to visit another potter's studio.

 

my chair is an ergonomically designed office chair with 6 wheels and arms.  in other words, it is not very comfortable but it is padded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 i throw in it, roll around to the storage cart with the freshly thrown pot on its bat and roll back.  this gives me some additional exercise 

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oldlady    1,323

it is always fun to visit another potter's studio.

 

my chair is an ergonomically designed office chair with 6 wheels and arms.  in other words, it is not very comfortable but it is padded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 i throw in it, roll around to the storage cart with the freshly thrown pot on its bat and roll back.  this gives me some additional exercise 

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