Laminated Woodturning

Laminated woodturning differs from segmented woodturning in that laminated turnings typically begin with two or more strips of wood glued together edge-wise, while segmented turnings begin with pie-shaped wedges glued together to form rings. Click on any of the photos to learn more! 

The Crazy Bowl

This piece began with strips of maple, purpleheart, and wenge glued together, then sliced, twisted, and glued together again before turning. The twisting action produced the interesting spiral effect inside the bowl. Bowls made with this technique are usually called “crazy bowls” or “dizzy bowls.” This piece is 1.75 inches tall and 7.75 inches in diameter.

Wibbly Wobbly Plates

I named these plates “Wibbly” and “Wobbly” in deference to the 10th Dr. Who and his description of the nature of time, which he described as, “…a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.” Anyway, this experiment yielded two plates, one being the negative image of the other (one has walnut shapes that correspond to identical maple shapes in the other plate).

Woodcarving Mallet

I recently decided to try woodcarving and needed a mallet. Being too frugal to buy one, I decided to make my own. I did the required research about handle ergonomics, balance, appropriate mass for use with small gouges, etc. Next, I created a design using hickory for a handle and ipe to provide the mass. Note that ipe is one of the most dense woods available. Its weight is about 75 pounds per cubic foot, compared with 45 pounds per cubic foot for red oak. The mallet feels great in the hand; the only problem is that it is too pretty to use. Reluctantly, I resorted to buying a commercial mallet for woodcarving and placed my mallet in the living room on display. The mallet is 9.75 inches long and 3.0 inches in diameter at its large end.