A chip carved treadle lathe.

There is a temporary lag in shop time right now, due to spring yard work, that has kept me from posting much.  In the lull I thought I would post a few things that I have run into that have inspired me to take more interest in folk art and hand tool use. I saw this incredible treadle lathe in a shop in Paris. Unfortunately the shop was closed so I have no information whatsoever about the lathe.

The whole lathe is chip carved. At first I thought maybe it was some sort of trophy piece, a fancy tool to be admired and not really used much. But this lathe shows a lot of wear and a few repairs, so I think it was in good use at some point.

The flywheel and treadle are substantial, so this was no lightweight lathe, it could handle some mass.

But the thing that stopped me in my tracks was the carving. This thing was a beauty. I wish I had more to add about the lathe, but I do not. 

 If anyone knows anything about this lathe I would really like to know more about it.