First off, how does one refer to the turns? I have a pair of turns, a set, a gaggle...?
Anyhow, I've had this little bow lathe for a while now and I really want to try it out. Two problems with that: I have no bow, and I have no ferrules. From what I've discovered so far, the bow shouldn't be too big a problem. Take a wire hanger, cut a piece, bend it a bit, and I have a crude bow. Since there are no horses about the Motor City to speak of, I'm planning on cotton instead of horsehair. My question is what size and how much? It looks like sewing thread is about the size to use, but any confirmation would be appreciated. Additionally, is beeswax a good idea or not?
I've noticed that Jules Borel and Otto Frei both have bows for around $50. If I can make one that works is there a need to buy one? (Aside from the fact that I really really like buying tools.)
As for ferrules, I'm planning a trip to Home Depot to find a suitable small, probably plastic, pulley wheel. (I don't have any brass large enough yet, nor a three-jaw chuck, to make one from.) A little grub screw and a tap and I'm thinking that should be good to go.
If I manage to get this far, the plan is to make a winding stem, or maybe just small piles of swarf.
Thanks in advance, and all have a nice weekend.