Engine Turning


Overview

Engine turning is about inscribing geometric patterns onto an object -- typically something metal. This is work done on a rose engine lathe, and is often done on high end watches.

This is used done on a Straight Line Machine.

For more information, see the article about Guilloché.


Additional pictures of this device


Examples of work produced with this device


Examples of this device in use


Usage Notes


How it works


Notes on making one


More Information

Published Articles

  • Art, History, and Processes of Guilloché Engraving by Phil Poirier. Ornamental Turners International Newsletter, Volume 27, Special Edition - April, 2020, pg. 3
  • The Birmingham Museum Collection of Patterning Machines by John Edwards. The Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin 136, Summer, 2017, pg. 16
  • A Brief History of a Homespun Straight-line Engine by Tom Bales. Straight line engine construction with modern materials and techniques. Ornamental Turners International Newsletter, Volume 29, Special Edition 2 - December, 2022, pg. 1
  • Deep Cutting into Metal on the Straight Line Machine and the Rose Engine by John Moorhouse. The Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin 144, Spring, 2021, pg. 14
  • Diamond Cutting Tool by John Moorhouse. The Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin 141, Autumn, 2019, pg. 25
  • Engine Turned Embossed Leather Book Covers by Nicholas Edwards. The Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin 142, Spring, 2020, pg. 26
  • Engine Turning and the Development of the Lindow Rose Engine Lathe by David Lindow. LW Rose Engine News, Volume 2, No. 2 - Autumn-Winter, 2011, pg. 11
  • Guilloché Turning by (unknown). LW Rose Engine News, Volume 4, No. 3, Winter, 2013-4, pg, 12
  • High-end Horological Finishin* Designing 'Geo-Flowers' with a Geometric Chuck''' by Joshua Salesin. The Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin 144, Spring, 2021, pg. 21

g & Decoration''' by Giulio Papi and Caroline Seamier. Book reviewed by John D.H. Mayeron. Ornamental Turners International Newsletter, Volume 20, No. 3 - Fall-Winter, 2013, pg. 32

Books

Web Sites

  • The Santa Fe Symposium is an annual conference for jewelry makers, and often has topics around ornamental turning and especially guilloché. These include a bit of history and are great reads. Some of note include:

Nicholas Edwards

Presentations

Other

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