Open Segment Bowl

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Project by tomd posted 02-03-2008 11:28 PM 2185 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an open segment bowl, consisting of forty segment rings, nineteen rings high. Made of maple, cherry and walnut. It is 4” high, 10” in diameter, and 1/8” thick. This is probably the toughest turn I’ve done because it’s so delicate.

-- Tom D

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 01:04 AM

that is fantastic!
I especially like how you did the shading on the overlapping petals.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 01:16 AM

Tom, this is a wonderful post. The bowl is gorgeous. I wish you guys would stop posting the bowls. It is driving me nuts because now I realize what I have been missing by not have a lathe. If you all keep this up you are going to force me to go out and get one, and in the process bust my tool budget.

Seriously this is a really nice bowl. I would love to see a post on its construction. Being a non-turner my education in this area has been sorely lacking.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Alin Dobra

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 02:04 AM


Looks impressive. The design is really nice and the turning is excellent. On wet wood I can usually get bowls 1/8 (I’m working on 1/16 but 3/32 seems to work reasonably well). Did you get a lot of vibration when you turned this piece so thin?

How long did it take you to glue all the pieces?


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#4 posted 02-04-2008 05:38 AM

It took about a week to glue it up, but thats only about an hour a day since you have to wait for the glue to dry sufficiently. I would glue about three rings then wait a day. Turning was difficult for me because of the thinness and open segments are very fraigle to turn. I kept my fingers bracing the bowl as I turned it to stop vibratrions that easly cause a catch with the open holes of the segments.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 06:32 AM

That’s pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 11:40 AM

That is a stunning bowl. Great job.

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#7 posted 02-04-2008 01:05 PM

Beaut job. now that would make a great blog on how you achieved such excellence.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 04:41 PM

I hope you do this for a living…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 04:25 AM

wow great job you have more patience than me

-- piper

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 07:59 PM

Very nice! I was wondering how you handled the open spaces, but you’ve answered that.

After looking at all these turned projects, I’m beginning to think that I’m missing out on something.

All I need is a 9 day week…..


-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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