[Clayart] Vertical pugmills

David Hendley farmpots at eastex.net
Mon Jan 24 04:35:09 UTC 2022

I have also seen photos of vertical pugmills, usually old and English.
You're right, it seems like it might be a good idea.
The issue might be how to load the clay to be pugged. The shaft must be 
with a bearing between the motor drive and the barrel, so there would be
a big shaft right in the middle of where you would want to load the 
clay. Plus,
because of the shaft, there would be no way to add a tamper to push the clay
into the chamber. Gravity might make the tamper not as important?
With a hand extruder, the "shaft" can be moved out of the way to load 
the barrel,
and then re-inserted into the barrel to push the clay through.

David Hendley
david at farmots.com

On 1/21/2022 4:20 PM, Robert Harris wrote:
> On the other hand, one of the things I've always thought about is vertical
> pumills. Pugmills really do take up a lot of space horizontally that could
> be saved by mounting them vertically.
>   I've seen quite a few really old ones in youtube videos of potters like
> Richard Batterham and maybe some of the old NC potters, but with the
> exception of a really high end semi-industrial one, they don't seem to make
> them for the solo potter.

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