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Olivetti Bike Company with American Rotary Phase Converters

As the second of our many stops on our trip to Colorado, we visited with Owner and Designer, Peter Olivetti, of the Olivetti Bicycle Company.

Peter operates his business out of his home workshop in the mountains of Boulder where three-phase power is cost-prohibitive to obtain. In addition, he needs to be able to deliver the custom precision and quality his bikes are known for.

Whether you’re a small home workshop or large production, Olivetti Bike Co. is sure to offer some inspiration!

Custom Bike Maker Peter Olivetti

Olivetti Bike Co. Shop Tour

American Rotary phase converters are perfectly suited for precision metalworking equipment such as wire EDM’s, CNC lathes, CNC mills, and other voltage-sensitive applications. General Metal Fabrication equipment such as grinders, welders, shears, brakes, and benders are often run on American Rotary phase converters. Visit our metalworking applications page to learn more today.

Blacksmithing For Beginners – 5 Tips To Get Started

A few weeks ago some of the American Rotary team headed to Indiana to visit Dusty Hicks at his machine shop where we got some insights on machining. While we were there we also met with Richard Hicks in his blacksmith shop where he was also kind enough to take a few moments to share with us his top five tips for those who are starting out in the trade of blacksmithing and are glad to share them with you here.

Recap – Blacksmithing For Beginners:

  1. Get the basic tools. These include a forge, anvil, vice, tongs, and coal. With just these tools you can learn a lot of the basics.
  2. Seek advice from others. Ask questions of other blacksmiths. Find someone that has already bought too many tools and learn the importance of keeping things simple.
  3. Don’t get discouraged. You will make mistakes. Like any other trade, it takes practice and repetition.
  4. Get involved. Find a blacksmithing group or organization that holds meetups or conferences with teachers and demonstrators. By being around others you will be encouraged and learn from each other.
  5. Be safe! There are toxic fumes that come off of galvanized steel. Learn about the materials, steel and coatings you are working with.

Furniture Sculptor Henry Royer with American Rotary Phase Converters

Dave & Dave visit famous furniture sculptor Henry Royer. Henry runs his entire shop on an American Rotary phase converter. He details some of his past experiences with other rotary-type phase converters, and gives us a tour of some of the equipment that helps him and his daughter to do their incredible art.

It was truly an honor and a lot of fun to spend so much time filming this with the Royers. We didn’t script or retake any of the footage as you will see at the end of the video when the phone rings. Keep watching, we put a fun outtake at the very end.