The WivaMac honing machine is designed to enable serious woodcarvers to maintain their gouge and chisel edges in tip-top condition. The principle employed is the use of felt honing wheels of varying density and shape to enable all aspects of a tool profile to be accessed and worked to a fine polish using the abrasive compound supplied.
The machine provides a single rigid arbor mounted to an industrial 550 watt (3/4 h.p.) 230 volt single phase motor. The motor is arranged to run away from the operator so that the tool can be safely 'trailed' on the top edge of the wheels. (Felt wheels should never be used with the tool pointed into the direction of rotation - if you're not sure, please ask for a demo.)
The arbor carries one hard and one soft felt disc, each 125mm diameter x 20mm wide, designed for flat bevel tools and for the outside bevel of gouges; a single convex (radiused) wheel, 100mm diameter x 12mm wide, designed for use within gouge flutes; and a vee-edged wheel 100mm diameter x 12mm wide used for vee-tools. The system is supplied with a generous bar of abrasive polishing compound for use on the wheels.
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.