With the trees planted and the apple harvest due, all that was left was to make the wooden disk that would sit inside the press.
With two options available Richard decided on a shortcut, turn a 4 inch thick square board into a circle using a lathe. Not put off by the tool rest not reaching around the wood he would 'freehand' the chisel and get the job done in a jiffy.
First contact was made between chisel and wood, second contact was between chisel and Richards ankle. 3 days in hospital and six weeks unable to walk later, apple season was over for another year without an apple being pressed.