Lathe program set Oct. 11

Historical Society

By Lenny C. Lepola -

A lathe.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Jack Brown returns to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, to present a program on the “Amazing Lathe.”

The lathe is known as the mother of all machine tools, and as the tool that makes itself.

During his visit to the Big Walnut Historical Society, Brown will help you step back in time and gain some hands-on experience with machines at the birth of the machine tool industry. You will have an opportunity to use a metal-cutting lathe similar to those in use 200 years ago, and explore the role Ohio businesses played in the development of this industry.

Brown will show links going back over 2,000 years that led to the invention of the lathe, and see how the lathe is related to today’s latest technology – 3D printers. Learn about state of the art technology 200 years ago and work with surface plates, micrometers, and dividing engines.

These programs provide an opportunity to experience the joy of seeing how things work, and to be entertained at the same time.

Brown’s “Amazing Lathe” program will be held in the Myers Inn Museum Meeting Room across from the southwest corner of Sunbury Village Green and is free to the public. The Myers Inn Museum is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more about the program, the historical society, or Myers Inn Museum, visit

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093

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Historical Society

By Lenny C. Lepola