Category Archives: Owners Gallery

Recent Robust Owner Gallery Additions

NEWEST ROBUST OWNERS:  We've let a few of these pile up, but here are some happy new Robust lathe owners to share with you: Roger Becker is past-president of our local AAW chapter and we've known him for about fifteen years.  Roger is an active turner, doing many craft shows and has work in a…
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Carl Bergstrom’s lake side American Beauty

We love getting these kind of comments from customers like Carl even more than we love making lathes: My property values have gone way up.  The lake-side building is no longer called the “Shop”.  With your beautiful lathe it is now called the “Studio”.  The shipper delivered the lathe this morning.  Everything went Perfect!  You…
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Another American Beauty finds a great home !

Terry Thompson from Iowa stopped by a few weeks ago and picked up his new American Beauty.  This is Terry in his shop after he got it unloaded.  Terry is a retired businessman and we had a great conversation about "Made in the USA" including the importance of having dependable suppliers.  Terry, we built your…
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Ira Bell’s new American Beauty

Ira Bell took possession of his new American Beauty late last year.  He was assisted by one of our favorite representatives, Don Geiger of Geiger Solutions in Florida.  Here's what Ira had to say: “I’m thrilled with my American Beauty lathe.  It has exceeded all my expectations. I wish I had gotten it sooner. The…
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Nathan Harris’ Long Bed American Beauty

Nathan didn't hold back when he got his American Beauty.  Not only did he get the long bed version, he added the 16" bed extension too.  That makes a pretty impressive wood lathe !  It didn't take he and his son long to get it uncrated and to start putting it through its paces.  These…
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Bruce Quigley’s new Sweet 16

Bruce took delivery of his Sweet 16 standard bed in October.  Bruce writes: The crate arrived as scheduled. I had enough time to disassemble the crate that evening, but I had to go out of town for a week the following morning. I couldn’t wait to get home to start using it.  I’ve now finished…
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Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein is a full-time practicing attorney in Massachusetts.  Turning as a hobbyist since 2009 when he took a pen class at a local Woodcraft, this is what he had to say about his new Scout lathe:  “I was upgrading from a midi-lathe and looking for a lathe that wasn’t too big or too heavy…
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Tom Albrect 1Tom Albrecht and his granddaughter: I don't call myself a "professional" turner.  I was formerly an Industrial Arts teacher in the public schools and I fell into that work because I loved wood shop when I was in High School in the mid 60's.  The wood lathe 2was always my favourite tool then because it was the only machine that I could use when I controlled the cutting tool and the wood was under power.

 

Your American Beauty is my fifth lathe.  I started with a Delta in 1973, moved to a Conover, then a Woodfast, then a Oneway, and now my Beauty.  Your team has obviously put a lot of thought into your machines and the design.  So far, my time with this AB has been incredibly enjoyable and functionally excellent. This is my last lathe-- you cannot come up with anything better.

 

[In regards to the tool handles]: I really like the collet chuck design because of the simplicity of removing and exchanging the cutting tools without having to use an allen wrench.

Peter WolfPETER WOLF is proprietor of “Wolf Whiskers” and manufactures a really neat line of shaving brushes.  They are so popular there is actually a waiting list (kind of like Robust Lathes…)  Peter grew up in our home state of Wisconsin, spent 20 years in the Navy and now resides in Virginia.  Here’s what Peter had to say about his Independence lathe:

I’ve been using the Independence now for a couple of months and I cannot say enough about how much I love it.

Richard ChiswellRichard Chiswell is one of the growing number of UK turners choosing Robust with the help of our UK representative, Phil Irons.  Here are some excerpts from a brief article he wrote for “Woodturning” magazine, published in the UK, but available worldwide:

Chance took me to the Robust website early in 2015. Watching videos of the sturdy American Beauty lathe I was tempted.  In the Autumn, I saw one at the local woodturning show (Phil Irons had a booth there) and was hooked.

 There was good natured teasing from woodturning friends. Some asked, ‘What will it do that your current lathe won’t?’  A great question and difficult to answer other than to ramble about Zen and the joy of everything to do with wood turning.  Overall the view was ‘buy it if you can afford it’.  

 Taking the plunge I phoned Brent and Deb English in Wisconsin who made it seem easy.  By appointment I went to see Phil to ask a few questions – mainly about setting up the lathe.  A couple of weeks earlier than expected Brent emailed to say the lathe was ready. They arranged a quote for carriage door to door. How easy it is to import depends a good deal on the company from whom you purchase; Robust made it all very easy.

 I’m now the delighted owner of a shiny new American Beauty and enjoying it enormously.

Dwight Kraich

Dwight Kraich (www.dkwoodenexpressions.com) writes: Have my new Sweet 16 set-up and giving it a whirl.  LOVE IT!!!!  Made the right choice, your lathe is wonderful and I am sure it will provide me with many hours of enjoyment!!  Thanks again for all your support throughout this process and THANK YOU for building such a wonderful…
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Scott Synnott

Scott Synnott from Reston, Virginia used his creativity to get his American Beauty where he wanted it.  Scott writes:  Once I got it off loaded and into the garage I reinforced the shipping pallet and put on some wheels.  This allowed me to roll it around the house and into the basement. I used an…
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