Segmented Bowls - 1st Attempts

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Project by Bob Collins posted 12-02-2010 12:23 PM 2472 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always threatened to have a go at segmented turning but was never able to get the angles right and gave up in frustration. But thanks to BRANCH (member L.J’s) for sending me a message that made things sound so simple. Photo’s 4 was my first attempt using red gum, osage orange, huon pine and english elm for base and top. Photo 5 2nd try using red gum, osage orange and elm. Photo 3 I continued experimenting with ply wood and elm. Photos 1 & 2 are Silver Birch and Tasmanian Blackwood, 7” diam at the top cut at 15 degree angle (12 pieces per row).

Being a self taught turner any help from other members would be appreciated.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 02:34 PM

you look to be well on your way Bob!
nice work!

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 04:16 PM

Now this is a great start! What do you plan to do next? I will have to contact Branch to get some pointers too…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 04:27 PM

Great start on an addictive part of turning.. I started my attempts last summer and have been making
progress? since then. I am finally at the point where I almost know what questions to ask, but am having
so much fun making my own version of mistakes that I just keep going. Your bowls look great, the only
help I can give you at this point is to say that if you are enjoying this, then just keep having fun and see
if there are any books available down under that might help. You are ahead of me on the learning curve
now, so keep going.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 04:49 PM

Excellent Start. Only suggestion is to continue and push your comfort limit at your pace. The only trouble with spending a lot of time looking at the Master’s books like Malcolm Tibbetts work is that you will feel so low on the learning curve that you give up. Use the books for techniques that you can apply in your shop and not as a criteria to judge how well you are doing.

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

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#5 posted 12-02-2010 05:25 PM

Very nice Bob. taidsturning (Bill) is one of the best. Listen to him and I am sure, if asked, he would give you more GREAT advice. You are only limited by what you are will to try. Just glue it up. What have you to loose, a little time? It’s a great use for those scrap pieces of wood. I especially like the progression of the darker wood in the first photo and I love the grain in the 3rd.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 06:40 PM

hi bob great great start into this crazy world of segment turning now that you have started there is no end to what you can create the only limit is your imagination get the angels right glue them nice and tight into rings then sand them flat/ level and stack them high and tight the sky is the limit have fun
i am glad that i was able to help what good is knowledge if you cant share it with others
i am no expert still making lots of mistake and still learning and having fun
the bowls are looking good

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David Craig

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 08:52 PM

Great work Bob. I wouldn’t be able to offer much except asking you how you handled them :) Thanks for sharing.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 12-02-2010 09:16 PM

Since I know nothing either of this art form, all I can offer is how awesome I think it looks. Too cool. Looks like it would be fun to do.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#9 posted 12-02-2010 09:30 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-02-2010 10:02 PM

well on your way Bob up a whole new pathway by the looks of it, think you are hooked

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 12-02-2010 11:21 PM

There is nothing more to add to what everyone esle has said. But I love your new projects.

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 12-03-2010 07:43 AM

hello bob,

i also make segmented turnings. somebody told me that shape is the most important thing. you always have to start with a design and keep to it. make sure that the gluelines are invisible, if not?? start again. segmented turning it great. i bought the dvd’s from malcolm tibbets. this really helps a lot in understanding the book.
if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask

greetings from the netherlands



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#13 posted 12-03-2010 12:49 PM

Bob, I saw your segmented bowls today. They all look great projects. NOW you know the princible, go ahead and design more, my friend.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Bob Collins

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#14 posted 12-03-2010 01:20 PM

Thanks for all the comments and the words of advice. Bill. you are right I have been intimidated by looking at the Masters Books telling myself I would never be able to do that. Will take the advice to enjoy and have fun and must confess I am adicted and have been cutting spare wood into blocks, hopefully next posting will show some improvement.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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