Bruce Leadbeatter has been connected with woodturning for most of his life. He learned to turn as a child from his father who ran a number of wood related factories, he continued this training when he become a secondary school teacher specialising in woodwork and woodturning (an Industrial Arts Teacher).
After being asked to write the new secondary schools (Wyndham Scheme) woodwork course for NSW (Australia) in the 1960's he was seconded to lecture at Sydney Teachers College ( now part of the University of Sydney). He lectured there in woodwork for 25 years until his retirement in 1986.
Since then Bruce has been an active inventor with early involvement in the Inventors Association, a designer and manufacturer of woodturning tools and machines.
In 1983 Bruce won the Silver Medal in Geneva for Design Innovation in an Education. His invention was the "super Chuck" an expanding woodturning face plate chuck which he developed in conjunction with a process of microwave seasoning of green timber, specifically for bowl turning. ( most schools in NSW now use these chucks) He also revolutionised cup chuck turning with the development of the threaded cup chuck to replace the old tapered cup chucks..
After Bruce's retirement he saw the need to design a woodturning lathe that was more versatile as the lathes on the market at the time did not have all the necessary features he needed. He designed and produced the first Leady Lathe. This lathe has a swing bed that allows it to be used as a long bed lathe for between centre turning and a short bed bowl lathe for face plate turning.
Bruce's latest lathe the Leady 2001 again incorporates an number of very innovative features. It has a swivel head (cast iron to reduce vibration) which allows large bowls to be turned without the need for the an outrigger tool rest. The bed (also cast iron to reduce vibration) comes in sections so it can be added to when needed. He has been able to come up with a machine that is well priced yet has all the necessary features to do most if not all types of turning.
Due to Bruce's involvement in the Sydney Woodturners Guild, he has seen the need also to develop a number of specialised tools to make turning easier. He has designed and produced a number of tools and jigs which he now makes available for sale.
- The Ball Turner
This jig fits onto the tool rest holder and enables the accurate turning of balls and ellipses.
- The Ring Cutter
A jig which cuts concentric disks which can be glued back together to form a bowl, vase, container etc. making good use of waste material.
- The Vase Tool
A tool for turning the inside deep shapes such as vases which has an extra support making the process easier and safer.
- The Eccentric Chuck
An indexed cup chuck to allow off-centre turning with the ability to return at any time to a previous setting.
Visit the The Ring Cutter Page
Visit The The Eccentric Chuck Page
Visit The The Leady Lathe Page
Visit The The Leady Ball Turning Jig Page