First segmented bowl

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Blog entry by Tim Scoville posted 04-13-2009 07:09 AM 3968 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried doing a segmented bowl using beech and black walnut veneer for accents to give it a brick and mortar look. The beech was cut on my bandsaw at 45 degree angles and stacked. The bandsawn pieces were a good way to maximize the flat but assured that I would have plenty of end grain to cut.

I was 98.5% done with the turning when I caught the tool on the edge of the bowl and ripped the bottom segment off, as you can see. I haven’t done it yet but will add another piece of beech and finish it soon.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 01:40 PM

should look good when it’s finished!

...and nothing hurts more than damaging a project so near completion.

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#2 posted 04-14-2009 11:16 PM

Tim, welcome to Lumberjocks. I hope you like it here. Your segmented bowl looks good so far, in spite of the mishap. I hope you weren’t hurt.

(I started my first segmented turning this winter and will post in the near future.)

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 04-25-2009 05:37 PM

A lot of the time it isn’t what we read or what someone teaches us that makes us better
woodworkers/people. Its problems we have and the mistakes we make and how we deal with them!
Nice work Tim! Look forward to seeing it when its finished!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Tim Scoville

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#4 posted 04-25-2009 06:22 PM

Spanky. It will be awhile before I finish it, but it hangs above my lathe as a reminder! Your thoughts are on target with mine. Life just isn’t fun without the challenges we face and the mistakes we make.

Best to you.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 09:09 PM

Hey Tim. your turning is not an easy one , so keep at it. I have been turning for a while and still get catches. It’s part of the game. good luck, John

-- retired and smiling

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Tim Scoville

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 05:56 AM


Thanks for the encouragement. I was feeling kinda down after it happened, cause it looked like it would be a nice first attempt. But I learned something about leverage as a result of the catch that I won’t soon forget. You’re right, it’s all part of the journey.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 06:09 AM

Hey Tim
It’s a good start and you’ll make it work out fine.

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#8 posted 04-08-2011 10:39 AM

First, it is nice that we are buddies now. Your first segmented bowl looks very good start and courageous attemt. I am looking forward to see it complete and you are happy with it.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#9 posted 04-08-2011 01:45 PM

Hey Tim….. I also am new to the segmented turning craze. I have just completed my 5th (and best) segmented turning, and will post after a club contest in May. It looks like you are off to a fine start. There are so many different way to go at this type of turning….. don’t get stuck in just one direction…try different methods. As for the “catch ” you had…I like to call these a design oppertunity…... Looking forward to seeing more of your turnings.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 10:23 PM

Thanks Brian. Haven’t done much since the last venture. Some natural edged bowls from walnut and spindle work but itching to get back to it. Prepping the house now for painting this summer, then perhaps back to some of these projects. I looked at some of the nice pieces on your site. More than a few things I’d like to try at some point. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#11 posted 05-03-2011 06:40 AM

Hi Tim, Can you please contact me by email. I am moving to Phnom Penh and would love to talk to you about it.

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