Some thoughts and observations on "rose engine " type decoration on turned wooden articles.

Increasingly turners are seeking to enhance their turned articles by applying some form of surface decoration. Some use colour, others stain or char and others apply some form of texture. Often this texturing is applied in a random fashion leaving a pleasing, tactile finish but one which cannot be repeated. Ornamental Turning and the use of Rose Engines provided for this element of repeatability but required very complex machinery and very skilled and experienced exponents to produce the exceptional results which are possible. A number of alternative methods have been tried to mimic these early ornamental lathes but most only achieve limited success. My own efforts have led me to adapt my lathe and modify its function much as a metalworking lathe does but retaining the human control element. I continue to explore this challenging exercise.

Making things which can help me make things has always been a fascination.