Meet W. H. (Bill) Huxhold - A true machining prodigy. His work can only be appreciated in person -- my meager attempt at photographing it does it no justice. I hope you all enjoy the masterful work of Bill Huxhold!!!
I had no idea who this soft spoken gentleman of German background was, but it did not matter as his work spoke volumes! After spending several minutes trying to fight my way through the large crowd milling around his table, I realized what all the excitment was about -- Bill was producing miniature brass goblets one after the other on his miniature version of the Hardige turret tailstock lathe.
I had a hard time deciding what to admire most, the little goblets or the unbelievable quality of his work. Did I mention that he also built the lathe he was using? Each of the tool holders on the 6-tool turret features indvidual stops to control the cuts they produce. The cross-slide was lever-operated and had both a very fancy tool post as well as rear mount parting tool.
To watch him operate it and go through the many manipulations to create the miniature goblet left you gasping because it all seemed to happen too quick to catch it all. He even built the indicator with which he controls the position of the carriage along the lathe bed.
Accuracy of this lathe is in the tenths, easy! If he could build such a fine example of a classic lathe, he could of course build a steam engine. But not just any engine. He had two versions of the extremely intricate Corliss double steam engine and a three cylinder triple expansion marine engine.
He makes ALL of the components including screws and nuts so small they required a loupe so we could tell they were really screws. The X&Y unit shown above has a miniature true ACME left-handed threaded lead screw. I was honored to actually operate some of the slides and other controls and they were so smooth and silky that I thought nothing was really moving as there was no effort involved.