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Old 10-25-2016, 06:32 AM
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Default Peter Tommasini US class #3 getting underway

Jim Hery brought Peter to Rock Hill yesterday. It was noticed that the students in the first two classes held at Jims, were able to pick up on Peters wheeling technics using Peters wheel rapidly enough that they began to start making panels for Jims Bugatti fenders. I have invited Jim to attend this class and bring his Bugatti bucks to work on as well. There will be four owners of Peters new wheeling machines in attendance and all four will have there wheels at the Rock Hill class. The speedster has been moved out of the shop to make room for more work tables. Including Jim and myself, there will be ten attendees.

If you are out of town and attending the class and have a stump, bring it with you. Jimmy Matthews, who purchased Peters first US wheeling machine, is an excellent wood worker and has made a fixture to use with a router to make the appropriate horse shoe shaped tapered bottom indentation in the top of a stump, and apply varying radii to the perimeter. This configuration allows varying degrees of tucks to be implemented into larger panels than just using the round edges. It has begun to be clear that having only a round indentation only allows you to make bowls.

Jimmy has provided me with a set of hand made vixen file handles and a hammer for use on aluminum 'pick and file' work. He has become a very good friend, and has helped a number of here in the Rock Hill area.

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Old 10-25-2016, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the update and all you're doing for us, Will. Seeing Jim at the class will be an added bonus.

I have been studying Peter's recent 36 Ford fender thread. The edge configuration of his stump- the part that I thought might be a limb scar- was one of the pending questions I had for him. Guess I better head down to the shop and figure out how to strap a stump on the back of my bike for the trip to Rock Hill...

If there's anything else to bring besides hand tools and stump, necessary or suggested, keep up posted.
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:11 PM
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More preparations today, setting up the wheeling machines, touching up the buck contours and sorting thru the tools to be used. The Porsche US racing team is located in Rock Hill, and we took a look at the race shop this afternoon. Jim Hery and Peter Tommasini getting ready for the morning influx of students. I have moved the speedster out of the shop as I intend to gather as much info as possible about the wheeling machines and the Bugatti fenders. The bucks shown are for the Bugatti front and rear fenders, the headlight bucket and two speedster bucks, one for the nose and one for the cowl section.

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That shop is a beautiful sight!
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wow look at all those wheels :-(
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Wow Will those are nice pictures, very impressive, should be a fun learning experience.

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Wish I was there
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the file handles look like works of art, or fine furniture! Drrooooool!
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Can you post a picture to describe what you are talking about in terms of the stump indentations?
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Dan and Steve, it would be great to have both of you here. I would like that! Here are more pictures.
Beginning of class -

Peter showing his penchant for paper patterns, and explained why he is not in favor of the FSP. - made sense!
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Modifying hammer to better use for tuck shrinking
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Displaying tuck shrinking on a wide panel.
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Using the power shrinker to prepare a display for annealing aluminum to form a hood top character line.
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Using the 40mm dies made this shrinking job go quickly.
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Last few passes prior to annealing.
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Three proud Model A owners honing their metal shaping skills (OK, maybe just watching).
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Two skilled Model A restorers giving the speedster a look over.
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'Cotton' Eubanks display of scale model Bonneville LSR belly tank race car.
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Jimmy Matthews, the owner of the very first Tommasini wheeling machine imported.
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Peter giving the Pedal Car Ben's Mechammer a tryout
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Peter was very impressed with the quality of the Mechammer, and we will be giving it a workout tomorrow.
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