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giffin grips

updated wed 31 jul 96 on sun 7 apr 96

Oh my gosh! I'm in heaven...this thing is great! You can just center and
trim like a MACHINE! What a great time-saving gadget!

Lisa in Des Moines - who has NEVER been able to tap to center. I know, I

Bernadette Power on sun 7 apr 96

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>Oh my gosh! I'm in heaven...this thing is great! You can just center and
>trim like a MACHINE! What a great time-saving gadget!
>Lisa in Des Moines - who has NEVER been able to tap to center. I know, I
Can you advise how much those things are in US$? I'll be over there soon on
a business trip and
might pick one up if the price difference makes it worth it.

Bernadette Power
Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA on mon 8 apr 96


I received my Giffin Grip a couple years ago for a Mother's Day present, and
I love it. What a wonderful invention.

You can get them from many sources...Axner has them for $139.00. A great

Candice Roeder ....It's a snowy Easter in Michigan

Peter Tomich on mon 8 apr 96 wrote:
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> Lisa in Des Moines - who has NEVER been able to tap to center. I know, I
> know....

Is tapping to center a skill that is somewhat attainable? I have seen
my professor do it, but he has never recommended that we seriously try
to do it and so I haven't a clue where to start and I'm wondering if I
should bother. Whattaya think?

Sam, in beautiful Hawaii listening to you guys complain about snow and
loving every minute! ;]

Jean Silverman on wed 10 apr 96

Sam (and others)

I love my Giffin Grip and wouldn't be without it. It cut my work time
by at least half and helped me explore forms I otherwise would have
skipped as too difficult to trim. However, it is not perfect, and other
trimming skills come in handy. I've yet to buy the adjustable sliders so
cannot use it for asymmetrical pieces, and then there are the bowls or
platters which don't quite fit within its 14" diameter. . ..

Learning to tap a pot on center is worth the trouble; it's easier and
faster than any other non-GG method I've seen. It is a matter of practice
and intuition, sort of like learning to play syncopated rhythms.
Certainly the skill can be learned; I learned, even though as a beginning
potter I thought it simply impossible.

Jean (in New Hampshire where it's snowing again! Curses on the
gloating ones in civilized climates!)

Lisa DesJardins on thu 11 apr 96

Sam in Hawaii,
(I'm jealous first of all!!)
Second, my teacher can tap to center really fast. He tells us it is years
of Zen training of the mind. After that he tells us that he just useedto
sit at his wheel with a coffee can filled with small pebbles or sand
and practice doing it with that. I think it took him a very short
amount of time to learn to do it that way.

Lisa in Pittsburgh where it was a whopping 65 degrees today! (I think
I'm ready for that G-string bathing suit now!!)

Jonathan Kaplan on sat 27 jul 96

Somehow I find this thread fact, my original grip,
purchased in the mid 70's or so, thats right, one of the first ones out of
wood, never experienced these problems. I now have two grips, of the newer
injection molded variety, and these are right on.

The only way I could see these being off center is that the rubber pads on
the sliders have worn un equally or it was set up wrong on your wheel with
once of the plastic brackets not being adjusted correctly.

In fact, I have found Brian Giffin to be one of the most friendly and easy
people to work with if there is a problem with a grip. in fact, I remember
that he sent a load of extra parts at no charge.

A call to him may help resolve any or all of these off center problems.


Jonathan Kaplan
Ceramic Design GroupLtd./Production Services
PO Box 775112
Steamboat Springs CO 80477
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