Elliptical Cutting Frame
Elliptical Cutting Frames (sometimes called Ellipse Cutting Frames) are another variation of the fly cutter. They add additional functionality to the eccentric cutting frame by adding gears which allow the cutter to follow an elliptical path instead of a circular one.
Elliptical cutting frames are often used for adding designs to the end of an object, especially with guilloché type of work. The trained user of the elliptical cutting frame can change the gearing and produce other, highly intricate designs including multiple four-leaf clovers.
Examples of this device in use
- This YouTube video. Holtzapffel No. 2410 with Elliptical Cutting Frame, is about all I can find showing one of these in use.
- Some thoughts on the Elliptical Cutting Frame by Malcolm Thorpe. The Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin 146, Spring, 2022, pg. 19
Books and Papers
- Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, vol. 5 - The Principles and Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning by John Jacob Holtzapffel.
- John Edwards' web site, OrnamentalTurning.co.uk
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