Open Segmented Bowl

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Project by Ronald Fontenot, Jr. posted 11-28-2009 05:53 AM 2528 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This open segmented bowl measuring nine inches in diameter and seven inches in height is made from padauk, walnut, and ash. It also casts interesting shadows when lit from within. Finish is polished water varnish.

-- Chip, Westlake

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 07:05 AM

Very nice Chip, the finish is sweet. Hopefully after Christmas I’ll start diving into segmented turning. There are so many awesome pieces that I’ve seen and it seems that it would be somewhat cheaper than buying bowl blanks. Great inspiration Chip, thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 01:39 PM

Very nice. How many hours do you have in this project? How much money for the wood.

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#3 posted 11-28-2009 04:23 PM

great looking piece Chip. that form is very nice

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#4 posted 11-28-2009 07:20 PM

You are cutting with the grain of the wood, so it does not chip when turning.

Altogether the wood cost between five and eight dollars, and this particular bowl took about thirty hours to complete including the finish.

-- Chip, Westlake

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 01:37 AM

Nice work Chip great turning and super woods

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 03:49 PM

Very nice work I can only imagine how difficult it was to do, good selection on the woods…

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 07:22 PM

Simply top shelf very nice!

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#8 posted 12-06-2009 01:17 AM

Very cool. I haven’t seen much segmented turning, or tried it myself. I’m curious about how you created your blank. Is it square and solid, or more similar to the finished shape and partially hollow to start? Is there any joinery, or just glue holding each segment together?

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 12:23 AM


-- Chip, Westlake

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 12:24 AM

The very bottom is solid; my segmented peices are 1 1/2 inch in width, the spaces are different thicknesses of plywood that are removed when the glue sets on the segmented pieces. There is no joinery just glue, so the rings must follow the approximate shape of the bowl.

-- Chip, Westlake

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#11 posted 12-07-2009 12:51 AM

That’s anice piece ,But I am as ucker for segmented work anyway.However this is still a lovely piece well done.Alistair

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