Segmented Woodturning artist Kevin Neelley is a master of his craft; check out some of his 200 bowls and vases and learn a bit about how they are made. Segmented wood turning is a unique craft and for some reason this 2-1/2″ x 9″ fruit bowl of cherry and walnut is one of my favorite segmented bowls turned on the wood lathe It’s as if this segmented woodturning has claimed me and I’ve become rather fond of it. There are other bowls that I’ve turned on the wood lathe that are more complex and more challenging.
Ed is a member of the Northeastern Woodworking Association (NWA) in Saratoga Springs, NY where they have an annual Woodworkers Showcase Within the NWA is a special interest group called the Adirondack Woodturners Association (AWA) They are a nonprofit membership organization, dedicated to woodturning and the pursuit of woodturning knowledge, skill, experience, and fun!
With over 30 years experience as a furniture builder and turner, he has enjoyed exhibiting at the Harvest Moon Festivals , demoing at the Mountaineer Wood Turners events and mentoring with the guys on Turning Tuesdays at Codger Lodge He has also won many ribbons for various exhibits at the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fairs in Ripley WV, and the Harvest Moon Show exhibit in 1999.
Ray Allen was a master of segmented bowl turning who favored Southwest Indian Motifs in his designs. Ron was raised in the Bronx of NYC and began his woodworking adventure nearly 25 years ago at the Woodworkers Woodshop in Pleasantville, NJ Back then, Ron tells us, You could rent 100 hours of shop time for $25.” The late Nelson A. Brown was Ron’s mentor in segmented wood turning.
Jim will also help you outfit your segmented vessel with a floating foot that won’t crack over time. Once the external shapes of the bowls are the same and the join between them is seamless, I sanded the form down to 320 grit on all the outer part of the bowl. This section is dedicated to those woodturners who would like to learn how to make segmented wood turnings on their lathe.
If you want a finished bowl of 10 inches I would advise you to add at least 5mm to the length of each segment. From this point it is a matter of dimension the woods, cutting, gluing and assembling, and then turning your piece. There are 12 staves for this wood bowl and the angles have to meet dead-on for the bowl to be made successfully. It was a satisfying and enjoyable time designing, cutting, assembling, and turning this arts and crafts project. There’s also the craftman’s choice of wood turning tools to use for cutting and shaping.
Although these plans are based on the inch as the unit of length, you can convert them to use millimeters using the Segmented Project Planner. The Segmented Project Planner supports the beginning of the design activity by providing Sketch-A-Bowl for developing an initial shape for your object. Part of the fun of this wood craft is the strategy used in mounting and turning the wood projects. Below are links to some of the plans for my segmented projects that you can view, print, and use as you like.
Once the wood turner mounts the wood project to the lathe chuck it’s just a matter of selecting the wood turning gouges for shaping, carefully sanding, and then applying the wood finish The entire woodturning process is fascinating yet it is critically important to get all of the joints aligning properly for a good tight fit. In the last four years, I gravitated to the precise art of segmented bowl turning.
Covering a technique popularised by master woodturner, Ray Allen, this manual moves beyond basic woodturning with the segmented woodturning technique. As a rule, the grain in a ring-constructed turning runs horizontally in the finished piece, while the grain in a stave-constructed turning runs vertically, from top to bottom. Though a platter or shallow bowl could be made from a single ring, stacking many rings is more typical.
This handcrafted bowl contains 61 pieces of domestic wood: Walnut and White Ash. While the vast majority of segmented turnings are vessels of one sort or another, strictly speaking, any turned object comprising multiple pieces of glued wood could be classified as a segmented turning. The disc is cut into 45 degree layers and reassembled in the form of a stacked bowl. The majority of the bowl was turned with a 3/8” bowl gouge , then sanded and finished with urethane.
If the angular measurements of each segment in a ring are not precise, a gap will materialize when it is assembled and the error will be elevated to the new focal point of the turning. WoodturnerPro offers software for segmented turnings, laminations and 3D visualization. For instance, I am considering the incorporation of a solid backed fretwork base in my segmented pieces.
He started woodturning some 25 years ago using a small drill attachment lathe and has since progressed to a Myford lathe using a MultiStar Collet chuck. If you have a buffing wheel, buffing the segmented bowl with wax after finishing with polyurethane may be an good option for you if you don’t want to add 5-6 coats. After the coat of polyurethane has fully dried, sand the entire segmented bowl with 400 grit sandpaper. I highly recommend this class for anyone beginning their segmented adventure and for those with some experience and looking for helpful tips and new processes.
Thankfully, today there is very good woodturning software available that makes the design factor a relatively simple procedure. Next, work through the photo-illustrated 95-step process to create your own vessel, which involves some advanced turning techniques. You’ll discover a variety of advanced woodturning techniques, starting with how to design, split and execute feature rings with thunderbird, zigzag and diamond motifs. You can create an open segmented vessel off the lathe, too, using some handy tools and gravity to assist you. From here it’s just a matter of heading to the wood lathe and turning the bowls.
According to Don, the safest way is to use Tightbond II, because there no risk that the piece will come off while your turning. The Segmented Project Planner supports the final design activity by giving you hands-on manipulation/control over each project layer and showing you what it will look like. A few years back while reading a book on wood turning a style of segmented woodturning caught my eye. I used the Segmented Project Planner to do all the planning and calculating needed to produce the segmented projects at the top of this page.
This hand turned wood segmented vase is 10 3/8 inches high and 4 3/8 inches wide. Soon I was able to independently design my own bowl shapes by viewing finished works on-line or in other books. I have a segmented turning book by Jim Rogers and love it. This video series is even better. This handcrafted bowl contains 61 pieces of exotic and domestic woods: Canary wood and walnut.
I used to feel like I was cheating when I would hollow the inside of a bowl when I reached the widest point, but when I saw that Ken Dubay cuts off the top of his green turned bowls to hollow out the inside and then reattach the top, I didn’t worry about my method again. Jamb chucks for the top and bottom were turned, enabling him to finish the bottom of the bowl with a smooth concave form and the interior of the top.
The bowl and lid were turned on a Teknatool Nova 3000 lathe with a Teknatool SuperNova2 Chuck , and various Sorby lathe tools The finial was turned on a Carbatec mini lathe. The third chapter gets into the meat of the subject with 29 pages showing a step by step, blow by blow process for cutting, sanding, gluing, shaping, turning and finally finishing a segmented bowl.