Hi everyone I have had for some time these potters kick wheel plans. I thought it was time to share these plans. The plans have been sat on my computer for some time, taking up storage space. At one time I thought I could build my own, but this adventure when doing got out of control! I think these plans are good for those people who have the tools and skill to build this kick wheel or have the money to pay someone to build it. it would have been nice to have built this dream, but I have not the wood craft skill, engineering skill or the money to pay someone to build this kick wheel. So help yourself it’s in a pdf file after this sentence.kick wheel plans if you do manage to build a wheel from these plans then please send us some pictures.
At last i have managed to get my Wenger Kick wheel into the estate car and over to Padfield Engineering for it’s conversion to a pedal kick Wheel. This is how in looks at the moment as a stand up kick wheel. I must make a point here as i write this as i have been told that this is in fact a turning Wheel (for turning pots) and not as such a potters Wheel! Although people use them as potters Wheels. Throwing pots on this type of Wheel has been awkward at the best of times as its meant the repositioning of you body as you have been throwing. Standing up and kicking at the same time does not enabled your body to be positioned over the pots. So as you look at the picture just under the clay tray there will be a seat and futher down the wheel the existing kick mechanism will be converted so it is in reach of my right or left foot. As i have mentioned in another post i have ran with what i had got because of money and practicalitys. I will take lots of detailed pictures of the conversion and post them when its done. This will be good i hope; and hopefully a cheaper way for people to get a kick Wheel.
It was just like they said it would be. All fingers and thumbs trying to get the handles on to the pots. To make matters worse the handles had dried out to much and stuck to the board that had flaked its surface so bits of the board were stuck to the handles. But what fun its been getting to this stage. Practice, practice in getting the feel and the shape of the pots. I am as i write this laughing at the picture of my pot with all its lovely faults exposed by the hard lighting. I will learn from my efforts and move on in some creative vain the next time. Sounds a little bit prestigious that last bit, but you do reflect on the process of your handling of the clay and the results. Handles need more time pulling and more of them for the next time. Shapes will develop from repeat throwing, when i get around to it. But at the moment i have making glazes and another kick wheel fueling my day dreams.