David Hulse - About My Books

In My Lifetime 
In my lifetime is my latest book and was published in July 2012.  Chris Deith of TEE Publishing kindly wrote this preface.

"David Hulse is perhaps best known for his carefully researched models of early steam engines, engines which started the industrial revolution and which in turn made England a leader in the technology of the time.

David’s early life was spent in the Staffordshire moorlands where his family had taken up farming. In my lifetime recounts these early days and describes what life was like. He covers his early interests, his apprenticeship and his travels throughout Europe, challenging journeys at a time when the Iron Curtain was very much in place and the dangers were very real.

In later life David moved on from riding and restoring motorcycles to researching and building the unique models for which he is so justly famous."

A book review by Richard Murphy assistant editor of Vintage Spirit

David Hulse is probably best known for his superb researched and constructed models of static steam engines; his one-sixteenth scale model of Thomas Newcomen’s engine has been featured on Blue Peter.

In his book, In My Lifetime, David recounts his early interests and how his apprenticeship and travels around Europe all built towards his interest in steam power.

Unlike Hulse’s other books, which focus more on his engine models as well as the early pioneers of steam, In My Lifetime is much more personal. His autobiographical approach not only reveals a man with a great engineering mind, but someone who has lived a lifetime of adventure too.

Hulse spends a chapter of the book recounting his memories of his father, Ken Hulse. Ken was obviously a great influence on David’s life and he describes a man who fought in the trenches of World War 1 with great warmth and clarity.

Following on from this, he describes his travels around Europe during the days of the Iron Curtain on the back of one of his beloved motorcycles. These tales are fraught with peril and anecdote and create a much rounder image of a man who many of us have been reading about for years.

One more credit he can add to his name is that he has become quite the photographer over the years, and many of his adventures, not to mention his steam engines, have been beautifully documented and can be seen throughout the book.

If you have read one of Hulse’s books before, In My Lifetime is an absolute must.

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 The Early Development of the Steam Engine

This is the first of three books based upon the research I have carried out over the past 30 years into 18th century engines which have been published by TEE Publishing.  "The Early Development of the Steam Engine" chronicles the development of the steam engine from 100AD until 1779.  This book is the only account which has been written describing how the world's first engine designed by Thomas Newcomen actually operated in 1712. There are 160 pages with 115 illustrations and drawings.

The details of the Smethwick Engine are given from its first commissioning in July 1778 to its final operation pumping the water up a flight of six canal locks in Birmingham. The finer details for this engine were obtained from the Kew Record Office London.
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The development of Rotary Motion by Steam Power 

My second book called ‘The Development of Rotary Motion by Steam Power’, describes from 1779 the first engine to achieve rotary motion by the use of a crank and flywheel. This was patented on the 23rd August 1780. Also described in this book is the Boulton and Watt Lap Engine of 1788, the first engine to have its rotational speed controlled by a mechanical governor.

This book extends to 146 pages with 92 illustrations and drawings, and also included is a comprehensive glossary of terms that the engineers of the 18th century would have used.



 
 
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Two Engineers Francis Thompson and Richard Trevithick 
My third book covers the two engineers Francis Thompson and Richard Trevithick; Thompson was an engineer employed by the lead miners of Derbyshire to solve their drainage problems and was also the engineer responsible for the design and installation of the Arnold Mill Engine, Nottingham in 1797.

Richard Trevithick was the engineer who developed the high pressure steam engine in 1802 and also introduced many innovations used on engines throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century. The book describes in detail many of the engines he designed and developed.



 
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