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Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Production blog on 05/20/2010 19:14:05 MDT Print View

Hi Devin

That's a wonderful video. My only comment is that I can't see how the tool actually touches the metal - but that can be tricky to film.

Mind you, I had to laugh when I compared the first wood-turning lathe you bought with this spinning lathe. The difference in strength and construction between the two is HUGE!

Good Luck!

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Re: Production blog on 05/21/2010 11:50:24 MDT Print View

Thanks Roger!

I laugh about a lot of the details of where this project began. :) That lathe was certainly not an item that I could go the "cheap and easy to get" route.

Here's a video of a guy that's a good bit faster than I am, with a better vantage point. In my defense, the parts I'm spinning are larger, and I'm obviously a bit newer at it.

Edited by dsmontgomery on 05/21/2010 11:53:34 MDT.

Michael Williams
(mlebwill) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Production blog on 06/05/2010 20:28:09 MDT Print View

Been watching blog, but haven't seen an update here for a while. Looks very cool and I can't wait until they are available.

I watched the video above - I think he is faster because he streamlined his hands - those extra digits just get in the way.

Keep us posted.


Edited by mlebwill on 06/05/2010 20:28:40 MDT.

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Re: Re: Re: Production blog on 06/10/2010 10:09:00 MDT Print View

Hey Mike! Sorry, the blog is back up and running. I was out for essentially all of last week.

I took another look at the video, too. I think that, all things considered, I'll keep all my fingers and not go too crazy with the lathe. :)

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
updates? on 07/03/2010 15:12:16 MDT Print View

Hi Devin, just curious to know if you have any new updates? I haven't seen much change on the blog lately and was wondering how things were going. Thanks and best of luck!

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: updates? on 07/06/2010 09:49:59 MDT Print View

Hi Konrad,

I've been buried under other work, but I have most of the pieces made and ten kettles completed (minus the finishing work that has to be done out-of-house). I'm getting back to some emails and updating the blog today, but will be out of town for most of this month. I should be able to hit the ground running in August and finally get them out to all you wonderfully patient people shortly thereafter.

Sorry for the wait, and thanks for keeping up!


(MustardMan) - F
thanks for the update! on 07/07/2010 19:53:32 MDT Print View

Glad to hear all is well, Devin - I was starting to worry when I didn't see any updates on the blog. Glad to hear you are OK and things are still moving along.

P ritch
(Flix) - F

Locale: Seattle area
Kettle Update on 07/14/2010 19:32:07 MDT Print View

Thanks for the update, Devin. The anodizing looks cool! How has it held up to use?

(MustardMan) - F
any updates? on 08/17/2010 16:30:47 MDT Print View

Haven't heard from you in a while, Devin - I hope the trip went well and all is OK over on your end.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: any updates? on 09/09/2010 16:13:40 MDT Print View

is this still happening?


John Davis
(billybooster) - F

Locale: So Cal
ANy availability insights? on 09/11/2010 15:43:06 MDT Print View

Would love to know....

Tom Holbrook
(Zandar) - MLife

Locale: Central Coast of California
Base to Devin... on 09/12/2010 09:16:59 MDT Print View

Hello Devin,

Are you out there?


Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
its been a while since we've heard from ya on 09/27/2010 19:57:01 MDT Print View

I figured I'd try to give this thread another bump. I sent Devin a PM a week ago or so, but it's been unanswered. I'm just hoping everything is okay. His last post was concerning a trip announcement. Since then, he hasn't posted, and has left all his blogs/photostreams un-updated. Seems very uncharacteristic of Devin, considering he was so quick to respond to our comments and thank us for any praise given.

Devin, if you're out there, what's going on buddy? Everything cool?

Edited by Konrad1013 on 09/27/2010 19:59:01 MDT.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: its been a while since we've heard from ya on 10/09/2010 14:26:00 MDT Print View

I've been lurking too... hope all is well devin

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: its been a while since we've heard from ya on 10/19/2010 11:52:26 MDT Print View

Yep, I've been checking aswell. Still interested. Looks like he was off hiking the Sierra High Route.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Devin's blog on 11/09/2010 09:23:08 MST Print View

If you read Devin's blog (updated last week) you'll find out some very interesting (if infuriating) information. Some person appears to have stolen his idea and is marketing them as "MKettle":

Unfortunately the aforementioned individual is in the UK so we can't just show up at his door and yell at him (I was going to say "give him a proper trouncing" but don't want to be accused of online threats, since I'd only actually do that in my mind).

Devin is now back in school so is looking at other sources of manufacturing his kettle in order to get them shipped. He seems quite philosophical about the situation, though he IS going to law school, and may eventually find a proper method of revenge. :) I wish you the best of luck in that, Devin, and I don't mind waiting as long as it takes for YOUR kettle.

P.S. I just went to the site and see a picture taken by...Dr. Ryan Jordan???

Edited by dkramalc on 11/09/2010 09:28:29 MST.

Rakesh Malik

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Devin's blog on 11/09/2010 10:32:57 MST Print View

" though he IS going to law school, and may eventually find a proper method of revenge."

I suspect that he won't need to do anything to exact revenge, since the mKettle weighs close to 3x what Devin's does :)