Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Treadle Wheel

Spent the weekend cleaning this stand-up treadle wheel with a wire brush, sand paper, and spray paint. I used red and gray paint because they were the original colors.
I don't know much about it. It appears to be home-made and there are no signs or marks on it that would indicate being manufactured, but it seems pretty dang smooth. I did try throwing some clay on it when I first got it. All I can say is it is going to take some practice. Does anybody have some helpful hints for me?

5 comments:

TropiClay Studio said...

I suggest you give it up as a lost cause, and ship it over here to me! ;-)

Sue Pariseau Pottery said...

Worked on a treadle (sitting) for a little bit years ago. It took a lot of getting used to since I'm not the most coordinate person in the world. To do that and get used to standing all in one transition would push me over the edge. Good luck to you.

rwhendrix said...

I like it. You could attach a small motor to it and a foot pedal switch if you wanted to power it more.

Blaze said...

Stand up treadle wheels definitely take some getting used to. You have to change how you brace yourself in order to stay steady - I have to have both feet on the ground while touching the clay or everything goes haywire.

Anonymous said...

I throw on a homemade (wooden) stand-up treadle. I really enjoy the organic nature of it. One suggestion I have is to attach a piece of wood or metal to the top right side - have it extend out about a foot or two. My wheel has this and it is a tremendous help to my back. There are not many who throw this way anymore!