Beaded vessel #1: Started making beads and burning lines.

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Blog entry by Julian posted 03-27-2017 02:25 PM 1529 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently saw some videos on how to make a “basket weave illusion” bowl. There are some fantastic examples on the internet by wood turners such as Doug Schneiter and Harvey Meyer. I just had to give this a try.
Here is one of their projects:

The beads were cut with two different sized beading tools (3/16” and 1/4”). One beading tool is a Robert Sorby tool and the other is a D-Way tool. The D-Way tool cuts smoother in my opinion.

When all the beads are cut, the next step in the process is to layout lines to divide the vessel. For my project I decided to use 144 lines.

With all the lines drawn I started to burn lines in between the beads and along the pencil lines.
My vessel is approximately 12” tall and 12” wide; all from soft maple.
This is a very time consuming project but the result will be very unique.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 02:29 PM

Sweet, love it bud. A work of art.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 03:30 PM

That’s amazing! You must have a boat load of patience!

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 04:24 PM

WOW. A lot of precise work.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 07:20 PM

You are correct, the results are very unique and you had a lot of patience make this beaded bowl!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 07:24 PM

Wow, very interesting will have to follow this one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 07:30 PM

Think I have figured it out how you put the 144 lines on, jig with pencil will slide around on the ways. The template for the 144 segments you most likely made on a computer, It is attached to the spindle and then you are using a clap to arrest it from turning. Wonder if one could use a dremmel instead of the pencil and actually cut vee

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 10:25 PM

Brian, the template can be found on line (website: ). Then select the polar graph paper and you can divide the circle into numerous sections. I laminated the paper and mounted on the lathe spindle with the face-place holding it in place. You certainly could use a dremmel tool to cut a vee.
If you search Youtube for “basket weave illusion” you will find a couple of videos that go through the entire process in detail.

-- Julian

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