On The Lathe #4: First Segmented?

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 07-13-2013 01:35 PM 1267 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off Thank you to William for all of his recent blogs on the segmented pens. I had taken a course on some of this about a year or so ago but really have not experimented with it much on my own until now.
I decided to use one of my “Pen”dants as the experiment which I think have great potential to make them look a little more Jewelry-ish, so here is what I came up with for my first attempt.

The wood is Paduak with a light colored veneer that I have had for quite a while. In Fact I have a ton and am now experimenting with dying it as well. Next week’s blog perhaps.

So there you go. A very basic start but as I said something that could show some certain potential. Thanks for looking.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 02:23 PM

My perception is that the cross over of the veneer shouldn’t be in the middle. When the block is thicker in the center it seems to me that the white veneer should follow over to the edge.

Maybe two crosses with a sweeping curve.

A great concept and nicely done.

Are both cuts 90 deg, because you could also do an angle cut so that both sides of the turned piece would be a different pattern.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-13-2013 05:47 PM

That’s a great start Chris and an interesting departure from pens. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 01:49 AM

Thanks guys.
Karson thanks for the input. I only did the insert on this one on one side not at 90 degrees. I did start another piece earlier this afternoon but while it was drying started to cut something else on my bandsaw when it made a horrid noise and stopped. I have since found the issue and made the repair but have not returned to it yet.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 03:09 AM

Gracious Kova.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 02:25 AM

It’s a great start Chris.
Actually, it looks like one of my very ideas.
Just play with different angles, especially with where the thin layers enter and exit. When strips exit through the sides, depending on angle and thickness, they can make for some very beautiful swooping curves.
Also, I don’t know what you refer to as veneer. That seems to mean different things to different people. If you’re talking about most store bought veneers, they are very brittle and sometimes don’t turn so good if you start doing crazy designs. Thin veneers that you cut yourself out of solid woods work better.
You did use the right word though, experiment. You’ve seen the designs I make, and I still call each one expirimentations, because you never know for sure how they’ll turn out.

I don’t know if you ever did go read that article I linked to about the celtic knots in pens, but it would work good in this pendant too and I think it would look great.
If you didn’t, here is another link to it. It took me a lot of practice to get it right, but even the failures looked interesting enough to be nice pieces.


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#7 posted 07-20-2013 03:37 AM

Nice design!
As William said, keep experimenting! Sometimes the most beautiful lines come where we least expect them.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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