Segmented Woodturning

Here are a few of my segmented woodturning creations. Click on any of the photos for a closer look. I encourage you to come back often to see what’s new!

Open Segmented Bowl

This open segmented bowl is made from 113 pieces of walnut and maple. This piece measures 4 x 8.75 inches.


Shawn’s Plate

I made this segmented plate from birdseye maple and cherry. After finishing the plate with several coats of lacquer, I applied “Metal Effects Reactive Metal Paint” copper finish, made by Modern Masters. The copper base coat takes on a beautiful patina after exposure to the “aging solution.” The piece measures 1-3/8 x 11-1/8 inches.

Ad Astra

This is my latest ribbon project, made of three bottomless walnut bowls, each consisting of 16 staves, as shown in the second photo. The third photo shows how I marked the bowls for deconstructing (cutting) on the bandsaw: two of the bowls were cut in half and the third bowl into quarters. The base is a 1.5″ thick piece of ipe, painted black. The title “Ad Astra” is Latin for “to the stars.” I chose that name because the piece reminds me of a spaceship when viewed from certain angles. This piece measures 19 x 18 x 12 inches.

Cosmic Chaos

I made this segmented ribbon from rustic cherry. The design began as two 6-inch bowls, each made from 16 staves. The surface is carved and painted using Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Paint. The base is turned from laminated poplar, carved, and then painted black. The current state of our world inspired the name. This piece measures 14 x 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches.

Infinite Possibilities

I created this segmented ribbon from sapele and yellowheart. The Möbius strip design began as two 12-inch bowls, each made from 16 3-inch wide staves. The stave-shaped base is a chunk of one-inch-thick ipe, painted black. I chose the name because of the mathematical symbol visible from certain angles. This piece measures 24 x 11-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches.

Kansas Walnut Möbius

I created this walnut “ribbon” using techniques developed by Malcolm Tibbetts. The piece began as three bottomless bowls, each consisting of 16 staves. Next, I cut two of the bowls in half and the third bowl into quarters, as shown in the second photo. I created a SketchUp model, which allowed me to manipulate the component parts on the screen to explore various design possibilities. I found one configuration that formed a Möbius strip, which became my final design. The third photo shows the components temporarily taped together to check for proper alignment. This piece measures 11-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches.

Hot Air Balloon

This began as a Christmas tree ornament, but I decided it would be nice to display it year-round. The canopy is walnut and maple; the basket is made of redheart. I tethered the balloon to a chunk of osage orange from a stump I dug up on my family’s farmstead. The tree probably was planted by my great-grandfather in the late 1800s. This piece measures 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. The balloon canopy itself weighs 1.3 ounces and measures 3 x 2-1/2 inches.

The Copper Platter

Turning this segmented platter revealed some ugly maple coloration streaks on the rim, so it was a perfect candidate to try “Metal Effects Reactive Metal Paint” made by Modern Masters. After finishing the maple platter with several coats of lacquer, I applied the metal effects finish. The copper base coat takes on a beautiful patina after exposure to the “aging solution.” The piece measures 1-1/8 x 9-3/4 inches.

The Iron Platters

This is my second experiment using “Metal Effects Reactive Metal Paint,” this time using the iron color. I made a 12-segment rim of inexpensive poplar (since it would be covered with the iron finish) attached to a walnut base. The piece measures 1-1/2 x 10 inches. The second piece is a simple (non-segmented) bowl made of poplar. I used it to demonstrate the Metal Effects finish at a recent woodturning club meeting. That piece measures 3/4 x 5-3/4 inches.

The Star Platter

I used Lamination Pro software to create the star, using a “multigenerational lamination” technique. The a 10-segment ring on top of that layer completed the design. The rim and base are embellished with burned grooves and India ink. It measures 1-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches.

The 2×4 Vessel

I designed and built this piece in response to the “2×4 Challenge” at our woodturning club meeting. Each person who accepted that challenge received a standard 8-foot 2×4 from the local home center, with which we were to “make something on the lathe.” After a few hours of CAD work to design the largest bowl possible out of the 2×4, I came up with this design. The chatoyance of the wood is actually very pretty; I may make more 2×4 vessels in the future! It measures 7.25 inches high by 9.75 inches in diameter.

Beads of Courage Boxes

Beads of Courage, Inc. receives donated boxes every year from woodturners and woodworkers to give to children and young adults battling serious illnesses. The boxes are used to hold the (sometimes) hundreds of beads the child receives, one for bead for each treatment or procedure. I delivered my two boxes to the Beads of Courage folks at the American Association of Woodturners symposium in Kansas City in 2017. The boxes measure 8 x 6 inches and are made of maple and walnut. A Beads of Courage ceramic medallion is embedded in the knob of each box.

Segmented Fruit Bowl

This bowl was the subject of one of my club demonstrations about making segmented bowls. I used maple and walnut for this project. It measures 3 x 9.25 inches.

Crescent and Sphere

While making the hollow spherical ornament was challenging, the crescent moon-shaped stand was equally so. I turned the crescent shape and its base out of wenge; I used an offset turning technique to create the tapered shape of the crescent. The hollow ornament consists of 99 pieces of maple and purpleheart. The overall project measures 9.75 x 5 inches, while the ornament is 2.75 inches in diameter.

Open Segmented Vessel 1

This was my first attempt at making an open-segmented vessel. I used maple, cherry, and walnut to create this design. It measures 4 x 6 inches.

Open Segmented Vessel 2

I learned from my mistakes in making Open Segmented Vessel 1 to create this project using 193 pieces of maple, cherry, and walnut. It measures 4 x 6 inches.

Segmented Yoyo

I made this yoyo to prove to members of my club that segmented woodturning does not need to be time consuming or analytically challenging! I made the maple and purpleheart yoyo using a commercial ball bearing yoyo kit. I balanced the two halves of the yoyo using a digital scale and some careful sanding. The yoyo is 2.75″ in diameter and 1.5″ thick.

Wooden Gear Clock

While most of hours spent on this project involved the scrollsaw, I turned the clock face, the weight body, the grooves in the pulleys, and the ornamental buttons on the shafts and hands on the lathe. Putting tacky stick-on numbers on the clock face just didn’t seem right; instead, I made a segmented ring of red oak and walnut to give the face a modern, clean look. The Clayton Boyer-designed clock is 54 inches high, with a face that is 11 inches in diameter.

My First Segmented Bowl

This piece started my segmented woodturning adventure! I made it in 2012 from plans I found online (the pdf article was attributed to Dennis Daudelin). This walnut and maple piece measures 2 x 7-1/2 inches.