Wood Copying Lathe, circa 1865

Summary

Thomas Blanchard's duplicating lathe was originally developed in 1818 for manufacturing rifle stocks. It made copies using a rotating blade whose position was guided by the shape of a prototype -- much in the manner of a modern key cutting machine. These lathes -- readily operated by semi-skilled operators -- were adapted to make other irregularly-shaped forms such as shoe lasts and axe handles.

Thomas Blanchard's duplicating lathe was originally developed in 1818 for manufacturing rifle stocks. It made copies using a rotating blade whose position was guided by the shape of a prototype -- much in the manner of a modern key cutting machine. These lathes -- readily operated by semi-skilled operators -- were adapted to make other irregularly-shaped forms such as shoe lasts and axe handles.

Artifact

Lathe

Date Made

circa 1865

Creators

Ames Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Massachusetts, Chicopee Falls 

Creator Notes

Attributed to Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

00.65.741

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Iron (Metal)
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 57 in

Width: 82 in

Length: 38 in

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