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#21 CarlCravens

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:01 PM

Everyone seems to take the fact that their body works like a wonderful machine for granted....... until it doesn't.

The thing with backs is that, in my personal experience, you don't ever expect to cause permanent injury.  I was just trying to plug in a cable in a server rack that I couldn't quite reach... I stretched and twisted, and the pop in my back didn't seem like a big deal.  Turned out I'd damaged a disc and it's an injury that has plagued me off and on for years.  I can't stand or walk for very long without minor pain.

 

Only permanent thing to do be done for it is back surgery (probably fusing the vertebrae), and my doctor assures me that back surgery will be worse than anything I've experienced so far.  (Which includes picking up a napkin off the floor of a hotel and finding myself flat on the floor, unable to stand.)

 

Backs don't heal readily, and permanent damage is certainly a possibility.  It doesn't help that my career has me sitting on my hind end all day.


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 03:08 PM

 

Everyone seems to take the fact that their body works like a wonderful machine for granted....... until it doesn't.

The thing with backs is that, in my personal experience, you don't ever expect to cause permanent injury. 

 

No doubt there.  I've hurt my neck, just turning my head funny.  It was nothing serious, or permanent, but still...


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 06:07 PM

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.

 

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 06:11 PM

Got my new stools finished. Here they are. I plan to enjoy good posture using the seat in the slanted position.It replaces an old chair. And it takes a smaller footprint.I am getting an urge to repaint my wedging table...but it will pass.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 08:27 PM

My dull geen chipped and clay bespattered stool is looking not so fine! Lucky my eyes are positoned where they are.

Stunned Marcia, are they replacing that chair? Painting is a bit like dyeing fabric, bit of dye left in the pot, look out any garments in teh  vicinity!

You'll have to do the whole studio, your other colours are soooooo last year.



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:27 PM

I will test drive tomorrow. But I can say sitting on the slanted stool already feels better than bending over the wheel head.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 06:26 AM

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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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:10 AM

Is the seat adjustable? I can't see any mechanisms in the photo.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:41 PM

Is the seat adjustable? I can't see any mechanisms in the photo.
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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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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

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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Posted 05 July 2014 - 10:45 PM

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.
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Posted 08 July 2014 - 02:32 PM

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.

 

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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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Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:58 PM

  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? ;)

 

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:48 PM

 

  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? ;)

 

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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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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:34 PM

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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Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:02 PM

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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Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:58 AM

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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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:51 AM

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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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:13 PM

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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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:01 PM

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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