|Project by Mary Anne||posted 08-04-2010 07:30 PM||2140 views||1 time favorited||31 comments|
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.