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James Watt’s Workshop
November 13, 2013, 3:34 am
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James Watt's Workshop

The Science Museum in London, in addition to having umpteen models and replicas of steam engines, has recreated James Watt’s workshop. The exhibit has 8,434 items: tools, machines, parts, gears, ceramic pots, etc. The lathe in the back is pedal powered. I never appreciated what a far-ranging mind Watt had. One of his last projects was a sculpture reproduction machine. People wanted machine produced (read cheap) versions of sculpture, perhaps a precursor to present demand for 3-D printing.