A few more pictures from May Day at Blue Ox Mill. This is an interesting place, besides being a working mill that produces decorative trim it’s also an alternate high school where the kids learn blacksmithing, wood turning, printing and other crafts. What a phenomenally cool idea.
The whole place is part museum and part working shop. They have a bunch of old human powered woodworking machines. This table saw scares me, I suspect it’s pre-OSHA…but it’s cool as heck.
I like the pedal-powered lathe. I think this idea still has merit, you could burn calories while turning out parts. It could be a great crossover business for Nordic Track. There are three pedals, and the seat can be adjusted from side-to-side so you can work on longer parts. The big cast iron wheel looks like it would probably have a nice flywheel effect.
This 20 foot long two man crosscut saw is called the “Misery Whip”. The placard said it would cut through a tree in 35 strokes. I wonder why it’s called that?
There was a group of Blue Ox students working in the turning shop making pens and bottle stoppers for sale. We bought the Tulip wood pen this guy is working on. I think it’s great that there are alternatives for kid these days. They still had shop class at the public high school when I was a kid, but I was at the military school instead. This got me thinking, I wonder if I could do a hand tool woodworking class at my son’s school?