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New Roger Smith Videos

Roger Smith has uploaded a new series on engine turning, starting with the rose engine.  It is worth pointing out that there are very few people in the world that can operate the rose engine. 

This is part one of five.



This is the first part of a series of four on the straight line engine.


And one on hand engraving...

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