|Project by Bob Simmons||posted 06-24-2010 10:26 PM||4410 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
A few years back while reading a book on woodturning I came across a style of segmented woodturning that caught my eye. As fascinated as I was by the pattern, I was equally if not more intrigued by the technique used to create bowls like the ones pictured above. So, I read on and began studying the process which struck me as actually quite creative.
Believe it or not, the technique starts out with a flat board (planed & parallel) comprised of laminated strips of maple and walnut. The next step requires some layout work and drawing of concentric circles on the board followed by a trip to the bandsaw. Then the table of the bandsaw is tilted (in this case…45 degrees) and the layout circles are then carefully cut.
Here’s where is gets interesting. When the cutting of the circles is completed they are now ready to be stacked. There’s an order to the process. Small circles on the bottom followed by the progression of larger circles on top. Of course, these rings need to be glued and aligned as they are stacked. As a result, they take on the shape of the bowls that you see in the pictures. From here it’s just a matter of turning the bowls, sanding, and finishing.
(If there is enough interest I may do a video demonstration of the process.) Feel free and let me know.
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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com