Ornamental Turning and Engine Turning
Ornamental turning and engine turning is a decorative wood cutting or engraving technique creating precise, intricate geometric patterns which are mechanically derived and machined into wood, plastic or engraved into metal products (guilloché), with very fine finish and detail. The mystery in the final design lies in the illusion created by altering the orientation of repetitive cuts of a singular pattern.
Ornamental turning originated in the 1500s, proliferating with European nobility. It was practiced commonly for pastime and profit thru the early 1900s to the end of the Victorian era to decorate a myriad of personal items such as top-of-the-line pocket watches, pens, lighters, cigarette cases, jewelry boxes, snuffboxes, hair and money clips, combs, wine goblets, furniture details, moulding and mosaic tiles and molded parts via the mold cavity.
The impact of WWI nearly extinguished the craft entirely.
Inspiring the revival of lost mechanical art....
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