John's Turning - My Interpretation

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Project by KenM posted 02-11-2009 06:59 PM 1539 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 02-11-2009 07:08 PM

Beautiful!!!!!! Super job.

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

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 07:45 PM

Looking Good !

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 08:25 PM

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 02-11-2009 10:16 PM

Very, very nice!

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#5 posted 02-11-2009 10:45 PM

Ken..You done it again… Great job.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 02-11-2009 11:02 PM

very nice I especially like the base llooks great regards Alistair

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#7 posted 02-12-2009 03:07 AM

Fabulous bowl, a real beauty.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 02-12-2009 03:21 AM

Another great looking segmented Bowl. Beautiful job.

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

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#9 posted 02-12-2009 04:56 PM

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

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#10 posted 02-13-2009 12:17 AM

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

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 02-13-2009 01:32 AM

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 02-13-2009 10:14 PM

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

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#13 posted 02-13-2009 10:19 PM

all I can say is – WOW.

beautiful craftsmanship!

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#14 posted 02-14-2009 07:22 PM

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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