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Pedal turning lathe (torn). Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

Machine for the finishing of metal or wooden objects giving form on a surface by their rotation with matter removal. The upper end of the rope wrapping the object was attached to a flixible yet stable horizontal rod and the lowest end was cam attached to a foot powered axle. The finished metal or wooden object rotated counter-clockwise with the pressing of the foot pedal by the craftsman and then clockwise, by the restoring force of the bent rod. The cutting tool, based on the front horizontal bar, was applied over the rotating piece.
Sources: Vitruvius: On architecture

Pedal turning lathe (torn). Photo : Augusta Stylianou Artist

From "Ancient Greek Technology" exhibition at the Evagoras & Kathleen Lanitis Centre in Carob Mill Limassol

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