fantastic video of foot powered bowl turning in China

Enjoy this wonderful film of turning a set of small end grain bowls using a foot powered lathe in China. I have seen illustrations of this type of lathe before but not film of one in use. The cup chucks seem to have been the norm in the East whilst we in the West used mandrels and worked between centres. The hook tools are remarkably similar to the ones I use though and it is lovely to see how swiftly he sharpens them on the whetstone. Nice to see the skills being passed on too.


16 Responses to fantastic video of foot powered bowl turning in China

  1. Francisco Castro October 1, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    Thank you for sharing. The way the wood is held is really interesting.

  2. Follansbee October 1, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    Remarkable. Nicely filmed too. Nicest thing I’ve seen in a while.

  3. adam of oakland ca October 1, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    wow! this is a great find. Thank you for posting. I love the..what would youcall it…throne? that the guy is sitting on while powering his mill. I want one for my driveway!

  4. marten r james October 1, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Fantastic to see footage from China where the craftsmen are using the old and original techniques.

  5. Lieuwe October 1, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Amazing. Nice alternative to the pole lathe, maybe?

  6. Jerry Palmer October 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Wonderful! I could feel my worries just fade while I watched that piece. Thanks.

  7. Steve Place October 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Great video Rob. I love to see the light through the bowls.

  8. Kim Schoonover October 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm #


  9. curt seeliger October 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Wow, I am not used to having my mind blown every few seconds. Beautifully composed information, thank you for sharing this with us.

  10. John Torchick October 13, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Amazing! Why do we need all the stuff piled up in our shop to turn a simple bowl?

  11. Rudy Berg October 16, 2015 at 5:08 am #

    An elegant, economical film about a similarly elegant process. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Andrew De Lisle October 23, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Great film. I seem to recall Joseph Moxon in his book Mechanick Exercises alluding to a similar chuck for turning at bowls and boxes. I always wondered if it really worked, and clearly it does.

  13. Olivo November 3, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Gorgeous and the most beautiful thing for me is the sound mixed with the silence. Thanks

  14. Mike November 10, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous, and the joy he expressed watching his apprentice “get it.”

  15. CertainRaiser November 23, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Really cool video. It made me want to go to China, to tell the truth. I write about this country. It’s very sophisticated.

  16. Jared Keith March 24, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Many Thanks for this posting , It is amazing .