Given the opportunity I am always keen to find a way to make my own tools.
I am motivated by the opportunity to understand how tools are put together and the chance to customise and simplify a design.
However, more often than not the motivation is to find a more economical alternative to the expensive options available online.
So I set about to find a way to make my own adjustable wooden gauge.
Many production potters use pointers or gauges when throwing. The height and width set - they allow you to throw to a precise position - often necessary when making repeat forms. Of course I could use a ruler or even a feather, both are cheaper alternatives. However, I find stopping to reach for a ruler to check a dimension an unwelcome distraction when I throw.
The ‘pointers’ were cut from rubber and are designed to be easily replaced. The arms are attached to the body with white nylon bolts and wingnuts - chosen for strength.
Each piece was laser cut from a sheet of 3mm birch plywood. I then sanded them to remove the burn flare from the laser, laminated them together and finished them with three coats of Osmo Polyx Oil (Raw).