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To make the bore, the reamer rotates slowly in the lathe's chuck while Cathy guides a flute section onto the tool. Its sharp edge peels a paper-thin sheet of wood from the inside of the workpiece as it cuts.


Once the bore and sockets are formed and the artificial ivory rings fitted, the outsides of our flutes are turned on a lathe. We use the lathe's automatic feed to shape the pieces close to their final dimensions, and then finish the turning by hand for accuracy and elegance. Dust from the operation is collected in another part of the building by a central vacuum system.

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PO Box 148, Hillsdale NY 12529-0148 USA
TEL: +1 518 828 9779