Segmented Christmas Tree Ornament

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Blog entry by darryl posted 12-12-2009 07:04 PM 9897 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After completing the Segmented Vessel, I decided I’d make the segments on my next piece a little thinner than the 3/4” previously used. Since we are all in the Christmas spirit, I thought I’d make a new ornament for our tree this year. The segments in this piece are 1/4” thick, and this piece includes a total of 92 segments.

Here’s the before picture of the ornament blank glued up on the lathe.

After turning, sanding and the first coat of wipeon polyurethane, here’s the end result.

I’m pretty happy with how this piece came out. I expect this piece will require six or seven coats of polyurethane like the segmented vessel did. Once I get the finish complete, I’ll work on getting some additional (a.k.a. better) pictures posted.

Oh, and the ornament is about 3-1/5” in diameter. It’s also made of eastern pine and hollow, I drilled out the segmented layers as I did the glue-up.

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#1 posted 12-12-2009 08:00 PM

Hey Darryl-
This is totally creative and unique !!
Excellent technique.
Love it : )


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#2 posted 12-12-2009 08:04 PM

Darryl, this is a nice looking ornament. It does look like a fun project to turn.

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#3 posted 12-12-2009 08:43 PM

That is cool!!!

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#4 posted 12-12-2009 08:50 PM

great job Darryl I want to try making one now thanks for the project

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#5 posted 12-12-2009 09:38 PM


Really nice shape!! Beautiful Job!


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#7 posted 12-12-2009 11:18 PM

ooooh wow!!!

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 02:43 AM

That’s slick. I really like what you’re doing with the segmented turnings.

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 12:56 AM

Nice! I like the design posabilities with this. I still have several more ornaments to turn for christmas, so this might work.

Thanks for posting.


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#10 posted 12-14-2009 01:05 AM

wow that’s neat a great turning.

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 01:52 AM

thank you everyone! I’ve got a fwe more coats of polyurethane to apply before this piece will be considered “complete”.

in the mean time, I’ve started working on two more pieces…

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