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justinkprim

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Historical French Cutting Machine Video
« on: January 06, 2019, 11:25:33 PM »

Hello, I am currently making a video series where I look at different faceting machines from various cultures around the world.  The newest one is about the ancient gem cutting machines from France.  I got to sit with a 5th generation gem cutter and document his technique.  Its a short video and I hope entertaining:

https://youtu.be/6GGSpNt72yg

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Re: Historical French Cutting Machine Video
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 06:50:46 AM »

great movie well done
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Re: Historical French Cutting Machine Video
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 09:16:44 AM »

 Very enjoyable. I'm surprised that faceting was not done with  a kick wheel with a very heavy fly wheel. I use a kick wheel in good weather to throw ceramics and they have a lot of kinetic energy and are very smooth when used properly.
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Re: Historical French Cutting Machine Video
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 11:23:16 AM »

That was very interesting.  I agree about the flywheel concept to gather momentum, and the kickstand.  The hand rotation while trying to concentrate on faceting a stone shows what determination is all about. 
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Re: Historical French Cutting Machine Video
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2019, 01:42:04 PM »

Interesting and nostalgic; true craftsmanship!  I was amazed that they did not have a shorted hand crank which took up half the table with its sweep radius.
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