New Segmented Vessel

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Project by Ron Ford posted 03-07-2015 04:08 PM 1914 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been bitten by the segmented turning bug in a big way! I just finished this piece and am pretty happy with it.

This vessel is made up of ambrosia maple, walnut, holly, and padauk. There are a total of 441 individually cut, glued, sanded and fitted pieces that make it up. Given it’s size, I initially made it in three sections, then joined them together as it was turned. Final steps required custom made jam chucks made of MDF and non-skid material (like you would put under a rug) to allow finishing of the top and bottom. Overall height is 12” and it is 10 1/2” at it’s widest point. Hard to say how many hours I have invested in it – but who cares!!! :-)

Comments, question, and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for looking!


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 04:41 PM

Looks like you did a great job. The center ring design looks very good.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 04:45 PM

Looks great and you may indeed be happy with it.


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#3 posted 03-07-2015 05:18 PM

Realy colosal work, colours are beautiful, pattern too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 08:41 PM

very nice work i like the shape of it and nice chose of wood
yes time seams to stand still when you are having
making pieces of art

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 09:06 PM


Wonderful selection of woods and great feature ring.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 03:47 AM

It’s a very nice vessel. But the padauk will darken, fairly quickly, to about the same color as walnut. So the top won’t look quite as nice.

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 10:32 AM

well done. nice piece

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 12:22 PM

Very pretty. Turning is something I want to try next.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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