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Johannes Michelsen Demonstration

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The Michelsen demonstration attendees begin to show up for the event

The demo drew from the three local Buffalo clubs as well as from Rochester

Jake Debski, Secretary of Turners 2, was kind enough to loan his brand new Powermatic

The audience pokes through Johanne's work that was on display before the demo

Johannes Michelsen, the Hat Man, gets things started

He is famous for his full size Western hats but also does other work ...

including mini hats, micro hats, ball caps, visors, mirrors, bowls, and more

He starts by checking the accuracy of the lathe and faceplate

The faceplate is trimmed in with tape until it runs perfectly true

Johannes starts out the demonstration with a history of his turning and evolution to hats

At home, Johannes works on an old Oliver but the Powermatic will serve well for the demo

He always works with green wood and has brought his blanks already prepped

He has a cutting guide that lets him chain saw his blocks to desired size and shape

The blank is mounted between the faceplate (with no screws) and the tailstock to check its suitability

Johannes uses Jerry Glaser tools and has only three tools with him

The edge and face it trued and examined for flaws

Once deemed acceptable, it is dismounted so that the faceplate screws can be driven

The marks on the wood show exactly where the faceplate should be located

It is located and then mounting screws are driven into the block

Johannes draws a sketch of the hat he is going to turn

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Photos by Kurt Hertzog (4/03)
     

 


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