SOT Library

The library contains a comprehensive collection of works covering all aspects of ornamental turning catering both for the needs of the novice and the experienced practitioner in search of obscure information. Many books are available to be loaned to members.

The Literature of Ornamental Turning – Short Bibliography

The most significant work on ornamental turning is: “Turning and Mechanical Manipulation” by Charles & John Jacob Holtzapffel (5 vols. 1843 - 1897). Volume 5, entitled “The Principles and Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning ” (Reprint ISBN 0-486-26567-6) is considered to be the ‘bible’ of Ornamental Turning but there is much related information in the other volumes. (V1-V3 ISBN 1-85761-031-8 & V4 ISBN 0-486-26567-9).

Starting Points

In addition to Holtzapffel, the following books are readily available and in addition to being useful general works they provide useful starting points for those new to ornamental turning.

J H EvansOrnamental Turning1886(Reprint 1993 ISBN 1-879335-35-2)
J LukinThe Lathe & Its Uses1868(Reprint ISBN 1-879335-49-2)
T D WalshawOrnamental Turning1990(Reprint 1994 ISBN 1-85486-108-5)

Comprehensive Bibliography

A comprehensive ornamental turning bibliography may be found in Abell, Leggat & Ogden “A Bibliography of the Art of Turning & Lathe & Machine Tool History”

Works of particular interest to ornamental turners

Alabone E W. Multi-Epicycloidal and other Geometric Curves n.d.
Amateur Mechanical Society The Quarterly Journal of the American Machinist magazine 1871-1887
Ash, J Double Counting on the Lathe, The Art of 1857
Bazley, T S Epicycloidal Cutting Frame, Notes on the 1872
Bazley, T S Geometric Chuck, Index to the 1875
Bergeron, P Hamelin Manuel du Tourneur 1792
Brown, E E & C Polychromatic Assembly for Wood Turning 1973
Campin, F Hand-turning, Practice of 1861
Chaplin C H Ornamental Lathework for Amateurs c. 1914
Danilevskii, V. V. English translation of AK Nartov'sTheatrum Machinarum 1964
Diderot, D Encyclopedie des Arts et des Metiers (Vol X. L'Art du Tourneur) 1772
Edwards, John F. Holtzapffel Volume VI, a compendium of rare or previously unpublished material related to Ornamental Turning. 2013
Edwards, R Micro-computer Art 1985
Elphinstone, H W Patterns for Turning 1872
Engineering magazine 1886-1953
Engleheart, N B Eccentric Turning, a Concise Treatise on 1852
English Mechanic & World of Science magazine 1865-1956
Evans, J H Ornamental Turning 1886
Ferraglio, P L. English translation of Plumier's L'Art de Tourner 1975
Gilbert,K.R. Early Machine Tools (Science Museum) 1975
Grace, G A Art and Craft of Ornamental Turning,The 1961
Grace, G A Ornamental Turning Design 1923
Hasluck, P N Wood Turner's Handybook, The 1887
Holtzapffel & Co. Catalogue n.d.
Holtzapffel, C & J J Turning & Mechanical Manipulation (5 vols) 1843-1894
Ibbetson, J H Eccentric Circular Turning, Specimens in 1817
Ibbetson, J H Geometric Chuck, A Brief Account of Ibbetson's 1833
Knox, F M Ornamental Turnery 1986
Lukin, J Lathe & Its Uses, The 1868
Lukin, J Turning Lathes 1888
Lukin, J Turning for Amateurs 1873
Lukin, J Possibilities of Small Lathes 1905
Maurice, K Sovereigns as Turners 1985
Mechanics magazine 1823-1872
Model Engineer magazine[View O.T. References] 1923-date
Moxon, J Mechanick Exercises 1703
Northcott, W H Lathes and Turning, A Treatise on 1868
Ogden, W G Pedigree of Holtzapffel Lathes, The 1986
Oliver-Gascoigne, M I Handbook of Turning, The 1842
Pinto, E H Treen, or Small Woodware throughout the Ages 1969
Plumier, C L'Art de Tourner 1701
Rich, C H Specimens of the Art of Ornamental Turning 1819
Robinson, H. C Eccentric Spiral Turning, An introduction to 1906
Savory, H S Geometric turning 1873
Stanley-Stone, A C Worshipful Company of Turners of London, The 1925
Teuber, J M Vollstandiger Unterricht von der Germeinen und Hohern Dreh-Kunst 1740
Tweddle, N Rose Engine Lathe, its History, Development and Modern Use, The 1954
Walshaw, T D Ornamental Turning 1981
Woodbury, R S History of the Lathe to 1850 1961