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This is a Rose Engine lathe. If you don’t know what ornamental turning is, you don’t know a lot about machinist work. These date back to the 1500s.Ornamental turning is many-faceted branch of turning which uses specialized lathes and cutting tools. There are a number of highly specialized forms of lathe work commonly grouped together under the name of ornamental turning, or OT for short. Historically it has been known as “complex” or “eccentric” turning, only to distinguish it from “plain” turning which can be accomplished between centers

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