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  1. I received a new VL-Whisper wheel a few days ago. I sense a pulsing, especially at higher speed. I can feel it through the clay when centering, and on my legs through the machine. It's there when there is nothing on the wheel as well. I'm quite surprised & disappointed, due to the weight of the wheel and its reputation, that there is any vibration. I've written to Shimpo, and not heard back yet, but wanted to ask other potters- is this normal? Unfortunately I can't upload a video or audio. It has also, on several different occasions already, surged ahead for a ½ second, startling me a great deal. I don't think it was through mis-use of the foot pedal- I'm an experienced potter. Thank you for your time.
  2. Hi folks, it's been awhile. I've still been throwing pots and being a potter. Recently I made a leach style treadle wheel and I love it. It was made with less expensive materials, pine instead of hardwood, and a couple other decisions I made that kept cost down. I'm thinking I might be able to make a Leach style Treadle Wheel for about $1000, unfinished. Maybe $1200 painted. Do the wise sages of this ceramics board have any idea if there would be any sort of market for this? Here's my thought. I've always wanted one of these wheels, and my buddy came across some abandoned homemade versions that were all piecemeal and rusted. But I salvaged them and learned how to build the wheel, and it works really well. I finally have my dream wheel, and I didn't have to spend $2500 on it. Maybe there would be more treadlers if the wheel was more affordable? I'd love advice if you are in a helpful and loving spirit. Thanks all!
  3. Hi all, I have recently purchased a Podmore wheel to find that the whole electrics system needs repairing! not ideal Everything else in the wheel seems in good condition and would be a shame to write the wheel off! My uncle fixes motorbikes and deals with electrics so had a look at it and got it working but then it stopped again. we figure that someone previously has done some soldering work on it and basically it needs a replacement electric system. I rang Potterycrafts who took over Podmore in 1982 and asked if it could be refurbished or if they sell the parts and they said I would need to find an electrician who wanted to fix it for me and the modern wheels are so different electrically wise that we cant even combine the two. The wheel is currently in swindon, Wiltshire. Any ideas of how to get it fixed or who to ask? i really dont want to scrap it
  4. I am looking for a good, compact and light wheel for demo purposes. I know about the Speedball Artista and Shimpo Aspire. Does anyone know of any other alternatives? I like the idea of a treddle wheel, but they are really pricy and I am not sure they are very portable.
  5. Hi, I've bought a second hand cromartie Millacron wheel which doesn't have huge amounts of torque a few weeks ago the wheel wouldn't spin. I put it on 2 bread boards and raised it an inch and it then worked. Now it's doing it even though raised. I've worked out after many hours of fiddling that it's the pedal needing to go down too low in order to engage the cone as it works while on its side. Please could anyone help- what do I need to do so the pedal doesn't need to be pushed so low? I'll be on stilts at this rate! Many thanks. I've a picture but can't work out how to post it.
  6. Hello, I am looking at a used Brent ie wheel (1/4hp, centering capacity 75lb) that is a low price. <$200. I inspected the wheel with my limited knowledge. Wheel powers on and spins fine without noise at correct speeds that vary with pedal position. Great! However, I am able to stop the wheel with some effort using my hands when it is spinning at low-medium speed. Does this matter? Should I be able to totally stop the wheel from spinning with my hands? Can you diagnose this issue, suggest a likely fix? I have googled as much as I can. It seems the issue could be anything from simply reseating/replacing the belt to replacing the motor ($270). I would love your input about whether I should by this wheel, and whether the issue is diagnosable/fixable. Esp from wheel mechanics experts! Please consider that in Dec 2020 Brent ie, B, C, CXC retail for 1400, 1350, 1450, 1550 respectively, and used wheels are scarce/pricey. In my city I have seen three brent Cs of questionable condition go for 700, 800, and 1100 on facebook marketplace/craigslist. --I don't wanna hear how you got your Brent C in 2006 for a nickel and a handshake, haha... Thank you in advance for availing me of your generous expertise!
  7. As a disabled veteran with many back issues, I am always aware of my body posture as it pertains to reducing the amount of pain I experience. I have started teaching introductory classes in the potter's wheel this year, and I tell my students to keep the back strait (bending at the hips); keep your feet flat on the ground, and your legs at 90 degrees at both the knees and hip. I have been looking for a diagram of the proper posture, but have been unable to find anything relating to this subject. So I am wondering if I am teaching this very vital aspect of working on the potter's wheel correctly, or is there other information that is better suited to what we do?
  8. From the album: What I am up to

    One angle of my basement studio. It's not perfect but it works well.
  9. From the album: What I am up to

    Another view of my workspace. From this angle you can see the workbench that I built for my wife.
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