Wobbly wheel

As I suspected, there’s definitely a problem with my brand-new Shimpo Aspire. It’s off center, but I can’t determine where. You can actually hear or feel the wobble as the wheelhead spins. It emits a gentle “whompa, whompa, whompa,” almost like a washing machine whose contents were unbalanced in the basin … except there’s almost no sound. I tried to throw some clay on it, but as soon as I made the first pull, I could see that the wall of the pot was thicker on one side than the other.

I grabbed my level and checked to make sure my workbench, which the machine was situated atop, was level. It was, as was the wheel, in all directions. I’m going to have to research this wobbly-wheelhead problem. In the meantime, I emailed Clay King , where I purchased the wheel from.

“The wheelhead spins, but it actually sounds like it is off center,” I wrote. “Please advise.”

“Angels and crows passed each other, one leaving, the other coming.”  Jerry Spinelli.

Wobbly Shimpo wheel.
Wobble wheel.

Published by Lolo Robison

Crackin’ Crow Pottery is a Greater Lansing clay studio owned and operated by ceramic artist Lolo Robison. What’s a crackin’ crow? Simply put, it is an alliterative translation of “good crow.”

One thought on “Wobbly wheel

  1. Too bad! Disappointing to be sure. I have a friend who got one years ago and had no problems with it. He loved it and he throws a lot of clay. It’s probably a “lemon”. Jane

    On Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 2:22 AM Crackin’ Crow Pottery wrote:

    > Lolo Robison posted: ” As I suspected, there’s definitely a problem with > my brand-new Shimpo Aspire. It’s off center, but I can’t determine where. > You can actually hear or feel the wobble as the wheelhead spins. It emits a > gentle “whompa, whompa, whompa,” almost like a washing” >

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