John's Turning - My Interpretation

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Project by KenM posted 2016 days ago 1222 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my interpretation of John’s Turning, as originally done by Malcolm Tibbets. I’m reasonably happy with the bowl; the top curve could be a bit more graceful, but due to various issues during the turning, I was hesitant to take it down too far. All in all, tho, it turned out pretty well.

The idea for the round plate on the bottom also came from Malcolm’s book. I like it so much, I use it again. And again :-)

I’m waiting for the finish to completely cure before I write my name on the bottom.

Woods used were: Bubinga, Maple, Bloodwood, Cherry (bowl bottom), and Wenge.

I’m not too sure about the Wenge – it’s very brittle, and is quite difficult to turn smooth. The wood must be made up of different densities (makes sense, due to the grain pattern), so the turning tools must be very sharp. Sanding is difficult to, as the softer areas wear away quicker.

Live and learn.

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#1 posted 2016 days ago

Beautiful!!!!!! Super job.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 2016 days ago

Looking Good !

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#3 posted 2016 days ago

WOW, You did a great job matching up to Malcolm Tibbetts, “John’s Turning”. I think Segmented woodturning is a beautiful art. That’s a nice piece of art you made. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 2016 days ago

Very, very nice!

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#5 posted 2016 days ago

Ken..You done it again… Great job.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 2016 days ago

very nice I especially like the base llooks great regards Alistair

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#7 posted 2015 days ago

Fabulous bowl, a real beauty.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 2015 days ago

Another great looking segmented Bowl. Beautiful job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 2015 days ago

The segmented bowl is an art. Your job is very very nice and beatiful. Congratulations.

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#10 posted 2015 days ago

Ken, this is a stunning piece. Great pics too.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 2014 days ago

Awesome job.I really like it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#12 posted 2014 days ago

A really nice job. I haven’t gotten brave enough to handle such complex patterns as yet.

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#13 posted 2014 days ago

all I can say is – WOW.

beautiful craftsmanship!

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#14 posted 2013 days ago

Thanks all for your comments. This piece was truly an experience, as I encountered a few ‘problems’ along the way. I was, however, able to recover and finish the piece. I certainly learned a few things during this piece, that’s for sure!

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