Guilloché Toy
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Guilloché is a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate, and repetitive pattern is mechanically engraved into an underlying material (usually metal) via Engine Turning . It is a form of Fixed Tool Turning .

There is also a web site titled, Guilloché Toy, where you can play around with the various parameters to see the resultant pattern produced. An example is shown to the right.

Some brands of straight line engines include :

  • Kenlock
  • Lienhard
  • Neuweiler and Engelsberger
  • Pear
  • G. Plant

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 G. Phil Poirier. Ornamental Turners International Newsletter, Volume 27, Special Edition - April, 2020, pg. 3
  • Guilloché Turning by (unknown). Rose Engine News, Volume 4, No. 3, Winter, 2013-4, pg, 12.


  • Guilloché: A History & Practical Manual, 2017, by Calina C. Shevlin. This is excellent If you are interested in pursuing this segment of ornamental turning.

Web Sites


  • Richard Ketchen on Guilloché for clock making and clock repair, by Richard Ketchen. 1997 OTI Symposium (Portsmouth, NH)


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