According to John Jacob Holtzapfel, who knew a thing or two about such things, Ornamental Turning may also be known as Complex Turning. In fact, although specialised ornamental turning lathes, per se, do exist (many having been produced by Holtzapfel himself), it is possible to achieve a significant part of the Ornamental Turner's repertoire using an appropriately-adapted centre lathe. Wivamac have shown their commitment to a broad-based approach to woodturning by producing a large number of accessories and options for their DB lathes which equip them very ably for this task.
The basis of the Wivamac Ornamental Turning system is a Compound Table (DB1410) that can be affixed to the lathe bed. This table provides calibrated indexing in two perpendicular directions in the horizontal plane. Mounted upon the compound table, and supplied with it, is an adaptor into which the other OT accessories and tooling can be mounted. The position of the adaptor on the compound table can also be varied using the pattern of three tee-slots provided on the top face of the table.
WivaMac are producers of high quality, high performance, superbly built and specified woodturning lathes.
We have worked with WivaMac since our very beginings, indeed we were a customer before we were a retailer. We visited Willy's shop in Belgium where we lived at the time and this was our 'pilgrimage' for woodturning equipment.
We have seen the evolution of the machines over the years. Hemsley Sr. continues to turn on his DB6000 to this day, whilst Hemsley Jr. tackles work on a Zebrano - generations of owners, separated by generations of machines, it seems only fitting really.
To this day, WivaMac continue to put quality manufacturing and innovation top of their list and continue to deliver superbly considred lathes to those who settle for only the best.