"Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes."
D. H. Lawrence
Carl Pratt began his woodworking experience when he was fourteen years old while helping his father repair harps. When Carl was 20, he inherited the harp business from his father, ran it for a few years, and then decided to go back to school in order to obtain an engineering degree. With the knowledge he gained from college, and the new design he developed for his lever harps, Carl set to work adding to the "legacy" of his harp-making family tradition.
He began by turning his newly designed turn post (the Nancy Rae) on a friend"s metal lathe. He was somewhat successful, but, as he puts it: "On a lathe, you have to be an expert wood turner in order to produce perfect work." Unfortunately, with his limited experience in wood turning, the work produced on the metal lathe was not always reliable.
Then one day, a customer came to see Carl and the harps that he produced. He told Carl about our Legacy Ornamental Milling System and its capabilities. Carl was so impressed that he paid Phantom Engineering, Inc., (the parent company of Legacy Woodworking Machinery) a visit that very night. Carl was shown a machine and was even encouraged to turn a few posts on the Legacy for himself. He was so thrilled by its affordability, efficiency, user-friendliness, and potential, that he knew he had to have one for his business.
Carl now values his Legacy Ornamental Mill as one of his most vital tools. Since he has started using the Legacy, he has had an extraordinary increase in production. While using his friend's metal lathe, Carl could turn only one post a day. However, the first time he used a Legacy, he was able to produce seven posts in two and one-half days! According to Carl, "The Legacy is one-half the price of a comparable wood lathe (without the attachments), yet it does so much more!" Carl estimates that his machine frequently saves him thousands of dollars in labor, as well as saving production space and plenty of his precious time.
With the Legacy's ease of operation and constant dependability, Carl believes he has the production capability of a ten-year woodworking veteran; "As long as you are careful and plan ahead, you do not need to be a professional to turn out professional, flawless work with this machine." Knowing that he has a tool he can depend on gives Carl an edge in the harp-making business, as well as piece of mind.
Surely Carl Pratt can identify with the quote, referred to at the beginning of this piece, by D. H. Lawrence on the significance of design. His harp designs are exquisite as well as harmonious, and we at Legacy Woodworking Machinery, are proud to be involved in their production. The Legacy Ornamental Milling System has not only made Carl a more efficient woodworker but he feels that it has made him more valuable to his customers, and to his profession.