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Sundance is featured on the front and in the book on segmented woodturning by Ron Hampton. Its a pretty cool pattern and I’ve gotten lots of good comments on it. It is made from segments of Oak and Walnut. The pattern on the shoulder is called a Greek Key and is very common on old pottery from the Mediterranean. I made mine pretty big. Its about 18” tall and abou 14” wide at the shoulder.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 04:05 PM

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice turning.

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 05:09 PM

Very nice segment’ pattern – excellent turning work & finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 06:33 PM

beautiful work !

and great to be honored ,
on a cover and inside someone book !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 07:14 PM

Love it… well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 04-10-2010 11:17 PM

Great looking segmented piece and very tight joints. I like your balance of feature ring to the top and bottom accent rings. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 04-10-2010 11:20 PM

Very nice Les.

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#8 posted 04-11-2010 03:47 AM

Great job les, I have been thinking about trying some segmented turnings.(new to turning) Looks like getting everything centered is the hard part. Do you know of any good resources to help with the process?

-- RKWoods

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#9 posted 04-11-2010 03:50 AM

very nice..


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#10 posted 04-11-2010 05:03 AM

This is one finely built segmented pattern.. looks great…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 02:52 PM

RKW, (and other turners), you should jump right into segmented woodturning. I find segmented woodturning satisfies me because I can use up ALL the little chunks of scrap around the shop and put them to good use. There’s no limit to the possibilities of what you can turn. There’s far more combinations than you can have with a solid chunk of wood, and really the joining is not that hard. If you goto the extreme you can spend weeks on one project and every once in a while I do that but usually I’m making something to sell and I’ve never been told that I have sloppy joints. The oak in Sundance came from some old pallets I found while driving. (My wife covered her face while I got out and loaded them in my pickup).

Anyway, you guys wanting to startup segmented turning, buy Malcolm Tibbetts book on segmented woodturning. That will get you inspired. You’ll need a way to to cut segments in common angles. That’s real easy, just a double glide cutoff sled dedicated to a particular angle. I primarily use 15 degrees and 7.5 degrees, and often 60 degrees to make bottoms.

I’ve thought about doing a BLOG on how I put together what I call my “production bowls”....small 6” bowls with 3 or 4 layers. I can turn them in a minimal amount of time and I usually crank out 100 at a time for shows. I also believe I have a very unique way of assembling them which you might want to see….especially the press.

Anyway, RKW, email me and I’ll help you get started. If someone wants my methods, I’ll put together a short BLOG of techniques.

Thanks for the nice comments.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#12 posted 04-11-2010 06:58 PM

Beautiful showing of turnings. I’d like to see your production method. I’ve never done a segmented bowl, I’ve bought books on the subjects, seems too complicated. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 04-11-2010 07:23 PM

Hey Jockmike2, thanks for looking. I tend to build simpler forms and I stay with a max of 3 types of wood for each turning, but yeah some turners really over complicate the method. I believe in keeping it simple. I think I’ll try to do a BLOG, never done one but I’ll work on it real soon.

Thanks Again,

-- Les, Missouri,

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#14 posted 04-12-2010 03:11 AM

Great looking bowl. It is a classic pattern that looks good in just about any wood. You finish is great. I have experimented in segment turning some. Like you said, it offers some opportunities that “regular” (is there such a thing as regular turning?) turning does not.

I just tell my wife it is recycling.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#15 posted 04-12-2010 02:01 PM

hey Les, interesting interpretation of the project vase in the book. You did a fine job. I like your little bowls, and would be interested if you produced a blog. Looking forward to it.

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