Going in New Direction

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Project by toyguy posted 11-17-2010 10:41 PM 2987 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been almost two years since I purchased my lathe. At that time, my fascination with the lathe was driven by some of the segmented turnings I had seen here and other web pages. Funny, but it has taken me these two years to give segmentation a try.

This is my first attempt at a segmented turning. I think the outcome could have been better, but it has been a real learning experience for me, and wow; what a lot of fun. There is a couple of flaws in this build. The one that bugs me the most is a joint between ring three and four. I guess I didn’t get that ring as flat as I had thought. Also, the first walnut ring is a little miss-aligned. There is also a small amount of chip out on the inside where I had a little catch….. Live and learn I guess, but for the most part, I would have to say this has been a successful venture.

I first saw a technique for this type of feature ring in wood-turning design. I thought the finished vessel looked great, but I was not impressed with this article author’s way of going about making it. Then just a few weeks latter I saw a post at one of the wood working forums (forget which one) by a guy named Dennis Edwards. He also had seen this design and went about building it in a different direction. As luck would have it, there was a link to his web site that had a video there showing his technique.. Here is that address: but be warned, this is a larger file and might take a bit of time to download on a slow speed conection…

Dennis Edwards

After watching this and playing around with some paper I decided that the time has come for me to move in a new direction once again. This has been a lot of fun, and certainly won’t be my last segmented project.

This bowl is made of maple and the feature ring is walnut and sycamore. Bowl is 11” in diameter and about 5” tall. Finish is shellac.

All comments and critiques welcome.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 11-17-2010 10:58 PM

Beautiful!! I love the segmented turning, it show such dramatic chatoyance in the wood grain and such beautiful patterns. Keep up the great work!! Don’t wait two more years for the next one!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 11-17-2010 11:00 PM

Great job , Very nice. Lets see some more

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 11-17-2010 11:06 PM

WoW…. With your first at bat you hit a “Home Run” Brian. Well done! I really like the section between the two walnut rings. I don’t look at a whole lot of turned bowls, but that is the first time I ever seen that. Very very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 11-17-2010 11:25 PM

Brian that is quite a turning for a first try & I think the outcome is fantastic. I really like the design & the maple/walnut is classy combo. Well done.

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#5 posted 11-17-2010 11:40 PM

hi that is one very nice bowl love the design and the feather ring is great
for your first segmented bowl you did a great job
it is not easy to get all the joints nice and tight
and getting the rings flat but it is great fun trying
looking forward to seeing Manny more

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 12:37 AM

I think you will have inspired a lot of guys to have a go with this one Brian, The timber combo & design are fantastic backed up with some skillful turning

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 12:40 AM

Brian, Are you serious is this really your first attempt to do a segment turning? I would say that you are a Pro at turning!! Excellent Job!!! Beautiful Workmanship!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 11-18-2010 01:23 AM

Im glad you took the leap into segmented turning,it looks great,nice design

-- jim nevada

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#9 posted 11-18-2010 01:47 AM

For a segmented beginner, I think you’ve gotten the idea! Nice!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#10 posted 11-18-2010 01:53 AM

For a seasoned turner I would think this a wonderful piece Brian. This is really stunning.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 11-18-2010 02:15 AM

Very nice bowl. You have got me interested in making one also.

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-18-2010 02:23 AM

Brian, from the looks of the bowl, you should have started earlier. Fantastic design and execution. However… I can see from your comments above that you are a mere amature. A professional would have made the same or more mistakes, but he’d not have told on himself. :D Very nice job! :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 11-18-2010 03:36 AM

Great looking bowl! As the proud owner of numerous failed segmented vessels, I can attest to the HOME RUN statement. What’s next?

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

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#14 posted 11-18-2010 05:46 AM

A very impressive first segmented turning! And you got to it in 2 years – I’m still trying to figure out when I’ll get up the nerve to try this. Great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 11-18-2010 06:57 AM

Fantastic turning. Outstanding FIRST. Love the design and the detail ring works great. Nice choice of woods also.

Lets see what else your imagination can do.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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