This 1/8 scale model James Stewart treadle lathe was built and donated by Lynn Hollis. Made by the James Stewart Company of New York, USA, an original version of this lathe resides in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Lynn Hollis took photos and dimensions from the prototype in the museum and created this 1/8 scale model. The treadle (foot-powered lever to turn a flywheel) is fully-functional with the headstock driven by a fine thread. The tailstock lock and other features also work. The last two photos below show one of the original lathes in the Henry Ford Museum.

Exhibit added: May 4, 2012 - Last modified: November 6, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship