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car tire potter's wheel trailer hitch mount~Hillar Bergman

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Uploaded on Sep 25, 2009

Here's the car tire potter's wheel mounted on a Reese hitch extension. I bolted the bottom 2" cast iron flange to the hitch extension with 4 bolts and a couple of large u-bolt brackets. Please see my other car tire potter's wheel videos for details. IMPORTANT!: If you build one, be sure to use a car wheel assembly with the older style OPEN bearing rather than a SEALED bearing such as is common on newer cars. Why? sealed bearings do not perform well under AXIAL loads (the downward load as when using the wheel in a horizontal position).
Easy to assemble/disassemble. Since it's not in the way I can actually drive down the road without removing the wheel.
It is often said around here that "The view of the bay is half your pay". If the weather is nice, I'll collect on that by throwing a few pots at the beach. It doesn't take long on a sunny afternoon for the greenware to become firm enough to transport. I just hope I don't have to hit the brakes on the way home!
I use real sturdy 3/4" plywood bats and run a cutoff wire under each pot. The pots will still adhere to the bats until they get beyond leather hard but not yet bone dry. At that point (usually several hours here in Michigan) they will "let go", leaving a nice clean surface on the bottom with an interesting pattern from the wire. They don't need triming. . While they are stuck on the bats, they are easy to handle and transport on the floor of the van. I don't have to touch the pots and the edges of the bats keep them apart. I may just throw a dozen or so pots so it's not like I drive away with a whole van load stacked with greenware. I can spend much more time on post-throwing ornamentation (fluting, banding with slip / sgraffito, etc.). Working outdoors you really have to be in tune with the weather conditions, sun, wind, humidity, etc. It's fun!

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