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#97314 Community Challenge #4

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 December 2015 - 03:12 PM

Hi Evelyn,

I'm in the same boat you are with the hand surgery. Had the right hand repaired back in June and the left was done late November. Had thumb surgery on both, but this time they put a hard cast on. It's really difficult to do anything on the wheel and one hand wedging is really tedious. Looking forward to full recovery in about 2 months. Good luck with yours.


#96208 Look At The Gallery Today. Imprints Of Plants Is Marvelous

Posted by JohnnyK on 23 November 2015 - 10:52 AM

What Mila does is interesting. Not to take away from her work...I have purchased bathroom basins and tile murals from Suzanne Crane, who does an outstanding job incorporatng oganics into her pieces. Go here to check out her stuff...



#93622 Potters And Pets

Posted by JohnnyK on 02 October 2015 - 09:17 AM

I was a dog man for 30 years, but I'm strictly a cat man now.

We adopted Buster from the SPCA just a little more than 2 years ago and he couldn't be a more delightful companion. With a face like his who could resist?Attached File  I'm BUSTER Sm.jpg   152.78KB   1 downloadsAttached File  Laughing cat Sm.jpg   112.61KB   1 downloads

#87195 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by JohnnyK on 15 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

Attached are a few pix of the ceiling fan banding wheel I spoke about earlier.

I've purchased a couple of fans to use for the video I'm going to shoot on the fabrication process, but the video will be done as soon as I recover from my recent hand surgery. (That will be in about 2 months.) After  you look at the pix let me know if you have any questions.

I'm still checking on a way to power it for the spray booth application.

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#79286 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by JohnnyK on 14 April 2015 - 10:14 AM

I have made a neat and inexpensive banding wheel from an old ceiling fan and a piece of 3/4" plywood. The bearings on the fan are pretty heavy duty and very smooth operating for almost anything you might want to put on it. If you don't have the fan lying around, you can usually pick one up at a thrift store for $5 or less. Then it's a relatively simple operation to disassemble it, cut off a few misc. pieces with a hacksaw, and reassemble it in a slightly different configuration, cut a round turntable from the 3/4" plywood, drill the plywood and mount it on the fan blade flange. Then you take the upper part of the fan housing, turn it upside down and screw it back on to the fan using the same mounting holes and screws you removed the housing part from. This provides a very stable base. Total cost for the banding wheel could be under $10.

I'll be making a short video of the fabrication for a future post if there's interest.