Ornamental Turning is a specialized art form bearing little in common with plain wood turning.
The tools used to practice it have much more in common with industrial machinery than plain wood turning, but the two are often associated with each other.
This is an oversimplified comparison because with Ornamental Turning, there is always a twist: an essential complexity of tooling that presents challenging riddles to the users, with tools that are more often as beautiful as they are functional, making possible an infinity of variations on single themes, requiring an astonishingly high level of accuracy that must be used in striving for precision and perfection.
The Rose Engine lathe is the ultimate Ornamental Turning machine. This is the machine we use when we create the three dimensional Mandala patterns on our Mandala Rings.