Windmill Frisketese

I’ve never been quite adventurous enough to mess with the frisket bar on the Windmill, but there is now a project that is begging for it. I can resist no longer.

Does anyone have any tricks for lining up the frisket with the form, so there’s no contact? So far I am finding it incredibly frustrating, and also terrifying.

Thank you!

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Hi Madmaude!

With some 50yrs experience of heidels, I can tell you that the easiest way is to take an impression on the tympan; set your frisket in the frisket bar, place and secure the bar in it’s holder, then pull and release the locking pin so that the complete assembly (holder, bar, & frisket) can be rotated so that the frisket lays onto the tympan, then afjust the position of the frisket accordingly, and then again make sure it is firmly secured to the frisket bar. If you use the cross frisket, I recommend securing this with adhesive tape to the frisket. Hope this helps.

Thank you, Bern! You’re a pro.

That knurled screw was hiding from me. I thought the manual was referring to the knob that controls the lay pins.

It was cowering back there, caked in a horrible layer of gunk.

Uh oh. I think I’ve revealed that I was not oiling that spot properly. Luckily, it seems to have received secondary oiling from the various oil holes above, so hopefully there is no damage.

Thank you very much for your advice. Now I’ll never smash my type. Or at least I won’t admit to it…