[Clayart] wheel setup

David Hendley farmpots at eastex.net
Mon Aug 6 21:41:14 EDT 2018

I switched over to standing throwing about 20 years ago, when I noticed
that many long-time potters were having back problems.
I also adopted the John Glick specifications of course - he had been my
potter-role-model since college. This is really 'throwing while leaning',
not really standing. You can stand with your weight on one leg and use
the other to control the wheel speed. Standing on one leg while leaning
against something solid is very relaxing.

I also got a new Shimpo VL a few years ago, but made my own longer
legs - just pieces of pipe tied together at the bottom with lightweight
angle iron. I had to buy a metric tap for the pipes, to accommodate the Shimpo
attachment screws.

David Hendley
david at farmpots.com

----- Original Message ----- 

> As Mel wrote, there is no one size that fits all when it comes to wheel set up/height.
> My feeling when throwing in seated position is to have stool/chair at wheel head height.
> Bend forward at hips, work on clay from above.
> Took students to workshop with Tom Turner years ago
> He had all stools with seat at an angle towards wheel.
> I changed 1/2 the stools at the school studio to this, most students felt they had better 
> leverage.
> After back surgery in 2013 I switched to stand up throwing.
> Got leg extension kit for my Shimpo VL Whisper.
> Did some research and came across article by John Glick in Studio Potter.
> http://www.plumtreepottery.com/articles/Sciatica.pdf
> He set up his wheel with lower back & butt support.

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