Segmented Turning -- It won't be my last!

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Project by Mary Anne posted 08-04-2010 07:30 PM 2380 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It won’t be my last, but it is my first segmented vessel.

Maple, Hickory, Oak, Padauk
A total of 92 segments
6.5” tall, 5.75” at the widest diameter
Walls are about 1/8” thick
My pals Hoover and Hairy are the models in pics 2 & 3

I really wish I had taken pictures and made a blog of this one along the way. But truthfully, it being the first, I had my doubts it would come out at all let alone as well as it did. Segmented turning is a fun and interesting process and I will blog the next one.

Aside from the new experiences of cutting and gluing wedge shaped segments to make rings and gluing the rings together, the most interesting and daunting part of this piece was completing the top and bottom halves separately and joining them in the middle to make the final shape. I must have measured a hundred times to be sure it was going to go together and give me the shape I had in mind. As it was, they were slightly off center after the glue up and there was a wobble. I held my breath as I shaved down the whole piece on the lathe hoping I didn’t go too thin and poke my bowl gouge through. It was a good thing I’d left it a little bit thick!

This was ambitious for a first piece, but heck, pushing limits is part of the fun, isn’t it? And it worked! I encourage everyone to try something a little (or a lot!) harder than what you think you can do. Chances are you will surprise yourself with success.

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 07:39 PM

not bad not bad for a first shot
but after your cutting boards it shuolden be :-)
I like the pattern in this one and the top lip
even the bird seams to like it
well done Mary Ann


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#2 posted 08-04-2010 07:44 PM

Welcome to the world of Segmented turning. I have found it infectious. If this is your first effort, we can only applaud and anticipate the next ones.

Nice Work.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 08:00 PM

This is a really pretty piece, Mary Ann. It is especially good being your first one of this type. I love it! You did a great job.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 08:16 PM

Very nice!

I hope those aren’t your next hats posing with the vase.

Nice name, I always liked Hoover.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 08:34 PM

Thanks, folks! I am already planning the next one. Maybe a bowl that will match the cutting boards.

Nah, there is only room for one hat in my heart… besides, she wouldn’t let anyone else on my head anyway.
Hairy is nice name, too! ;) The species really is a Hairy Woodpecker.

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 08:36 PM

Mary Ann – just fabulous! You go girl!


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#7 posted 08-04-2010 08:36 PM

Amazing, Mary Anne!

I definitely want to see a blog for the next one. Please be sure to include some photos to prove that you (not the animals) are actually building all these great projects you’ve been posting lately. I suggest letting the coon take the photos.

And while we are on the subject of photos, these are excellent.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Mary Anne

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 08:40 PM

Uh oh, you’re catching on, Charlie. I never have shown photos of me actually doing the work, have I? ;)
Too bad the woodchuck is so shy!

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#9 posted 08-04-2010 09:50 PM

well, well, ain’t this the cat’s pajamas..your stretched a bit and look what happened. A nifty first. And it is a great first..should give you confidence to do more outrageous ones!!! Congrats and let’s see more.

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#10 posted 08-04-2010 10:08 PM

good job make sure you sharpen the birds beak before the next one

-- jim nevada

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#11 posted 08-04-2010 10:45 PM

Fantastically Fantastic! This turning deserves the F-word twice. I am impressed.

Mary Anne, you have really reached out and grabbed that gold ring. Good for you. And with good humor to boot. And I love the pictures.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 08-04-2010 11:04 PM

Well, looks like you measured just right. Looks great, good job. And I think the bird and chipmunk will second that.

-- RStadler

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#13 posted 08-05-2010 12:24 AM

First???? Looks like you’ve been doing this all your life!!!!
Very nice.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 08-05-2010 12:54 AM

Great job, Mary Anne! You are just full of surprises!


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#15 posted 08-05-2010 01:04 AM

Looks great.Maybe will inspire me to give it a try.

-- Kate,

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