Anybody notice how many folks are selling tools for hand working sheetmetal? The availability of english wheels and related tools on the web has greatly increased in the last few years. Wonder if it has anything to do with TV shows about motorcycles and hot rods. ERS
I was surprised how many people recognized an english wheel when I was demoing one at an art show, totally due to the TV shows on cycles and hot rods. Three years ago, I had never heard of one, now I use one for art.
Once again, I feel like I was born either too soon or too late. I was fascinated by these things after reading the English book _Sports Car Bodywork_, published around 1962 or so, in which they were called "wheeling machines." When I was a teenager I wanted one in the worst way. I had a big custom-made shot bag, made for me by a local shoemaker, and I made lots of mallets, but I wanted a wheeling machine. I just couldn't find any photos or drawings of them.
Now they're available, along with lots of instruction for using them. But now, I could care less about using one.
BTW, I still have the book, which contains large, fold-out drawings of homemade chassis and body drawings for some traditional sports cars.