Craftsmen work at the Duplicating Lathe at Silver Dollar City. Craftsmen speak to guests at the Duplicating Lathe at Silver Dollar City.

Duplicating Lathe Craftsmen

John Williams, a craftsman at Silver Dollar City.

John Williams, Lead Craftsman

Originally from Yorkshire, England, John Williams started as an apprentice pattern-maker at the age of 15. He became a craftsman, creating master parts in wood to be manufactured in metal.

He came to the United States and worked in manufacturing for 25 years before coming to Silver Dollar City. The rest, as they say, is history.

Most often, you'll find him creating his ever-popular French rolling pins or an old-fashioned noodle cutter from the finest chunks of cherry, hedge or ash. Each piece of wood has its own story to tell, and John is just the artisan to make it speak. Stop by the lathe to meet the man behind the machine.

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