First segmented bowl

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Project by VikingDiver posted 01-07-2016 01:40 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wonderful wife got me a lathe for Christmas!

This is my 4th bowl. The others are not worth posting, but I had fun with them. I’m looking forward to finding some green wood. If you’re in the metrowest area of Boston and have good lead for trees please let me know.

The bowl was inspired by 2 YouTube videos. Thank you!

Hope you like it. My wife did :-)


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#1 posted 01-07-2016 01:51 PM

Way cool. Nicely done

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 01:52 PM

Way cool. Nicely done

Thank you

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 04:55 PM

Awesome to get a lathe for Christmas, good work on the bowl. It doesn’t look segmented to me, did you glue some pieces together?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 05:00 PM

Awesome to get a lathe for Christmas, good work on the bowl. It doesn t look segmented to me, did you glue some pieces together?

I took a blank of ash and spliced in the two strips of padauk. One of the videos I referenced called it segmented, so I trusted the definition.

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#5 posted 01-07-2016 06:44 PM

I have found a great source of green wood is to find out who performs the tree trimming for utility lines (power, cable, etc). This usually starts in spring. Often, that contractor will either let you know where they will be trimming and/or put you in touch with the land owners (since the cut wood is still their property). I did this last year in a Milwaukee suburb that I drive through daily and came away with a nice supply of Chinese elm, birch, silver (soft) maple, walnut, white and red oak). Nearly all of that has been rough turned and is in various stages of drying.

Another way is to get the word around with coworkers and neighbors. They’ll look at you funny at first but then you’ll actually start having to turn away wood sometimes. I also have a friend in a fraternal organization we belong to that has a walnut coming down this spring and the wood is all mine (yeah baby!!!). We’ll see how good the wood is, but that’s still a lot of free tree to work with even if some is bad. This friend spread the word for me within the fraternity throughout our locale region and now I’m getting offers for wood three counties away.

When getting a significant amount of wood from someone, I’ve found that promising to turn something for them from their own wood, and then fulfilling that promise, gets repeat leads. They also want to see what else I’ve made and have made a few sales that way.

I just purchased a Rikon 10-325 band saw to quickly make blanks of the pile of green wood beside my garage. I need the recut capacity (13”) to optimize the wood usage. I might start planking some wood this year and convert one side of the shed for wood drying.

Think creatively and you’ll be able to get all the free wood you could want.

-- There are rarely any mistakes made in turning, but there are a lot of on-the-fly design modifications!

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#6 posted 01-07-2016 06:49 PM

Thank you for the advice @DCooksey. I have a few email out to landscapes and contractors in my area. No real luck yet. I’ve been eye a maple in our backyard. Will have to come down when I start building the dream shop :-) (I wish)

Thanks again.

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#7 posted 01-07-2016 07:06 PM

You may also consider joining your local woodturning club too associated with the aaw – they are a wealth of knowledge and resources such as wood. Free wood is good. Nice job on your bowl by the way!

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#8 posted 01-08-2016 12:54 AM

It may not be “Strictly” segmented, but is very beautiful. The contrast really does make all the difference.
Congratulations and I look forward to the next ones.
Thank you for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 01-08-2016 01:18 PM

You married? Do both of you work? Go to church? You have family members and friends.

You need to be showing this bowl and spreading the word that you’re looking for trees. As DCooksey says, pretty soon you’ll be turning down offers to “Come and get this tree outta my yard”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 01-09-2016 02:58 AM

I noticed the Grizzley in the backround (I like my Grizzley more than my JET) check out Stephen Ogle’s You tube channel you will be amazed at what that good ol boy can do with his Grizzley. I do like the stripes you put in your bowl. I look foward to your progression in turning It is fun.

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