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hughie
28th Jan 2011, 10:50 PM
They even approached the Guinness book of records.

Pacific Northwest Boating News: On Watch | How one of the biggest lathes turned a tree into a 120-foot-tall mast | Three Sheets Northwest (http://threesheetsnw.com/blog/archives/14605)

comgreserv
29th Jan 2011, 03:52 AM
I love the Lucas in the photo! Makes mine that can handle 30ft long logs, look tiny :(

dai sensei
29th Jan 2011, 10:08 AM
Certainly an interesting set-up. My father used to turn masts in our back yard with a home made similar but smaller set-up. No rails, the headstock/tailstock/steadies were just pegged into the backyard with giant tent-pegs :-. He hand planed the glued up blanks to almost round first with a home made plane that was 2' long. I remember as a child sitting on a steady, my older brother on another, to help with the vibration as the giant pieces whipped around. Bit hard to remember, but they were probably ~30' masts, so steadies were at ~10' centres. I certainly remember the chunk, chunk, chunk sounds as he turned them :U