This is the upper part of the workshop.

Beyond the door is the lower section which houses the lathe.

This is the lathe showing also the CamVac dust extraction system which I have found to be very valuable. (and.. erm.. yes... that is 20-odd bottles of home-made wine you can see quietly maturing in the corner...)

Just a few inches behind the piece I'm working on here is the business end of the CamVac. For anyone involved in wood-turning I recommend it very highly. It sucks all the dust out of the air while I'm working and keeps the air I'm breathing clean. I no longer need to wear a face mask. It's particularly valuable for me when I'm working with cocobolo. The fine dust given off by this particular wood while working with it is known for its ability to cause allergic reactions. The least exposure to it causes red blotchy patches on my hands and arms and itchiness on my face which can often take several days to subside. I thought I'd have to stop working with cocobolo completely, which would have been a great shame as it is a lovely wood to work with. But I find now that I can, thanks to this system.

Using a pillar drill mounted in the cross-slide vice to drill the pilot holes in the chanter.

This metal strip is marked out with the correct spacings for the chanter holes.

This is a Unimat SL miniature lathe which I use for smaller work. It's a very versatile and superbly built machine, capable of very accurate work.
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