Stave; with a Twist

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I’m a sucker for having to try things I see. My latest thing has been a “OATS”. This is a term given this technique by the only one I know of that uses it; George Guadiane

“OATS” is an acronym for Off Axis Triangle Stave segmenting. A brief description as follows:
In this construction, I use 8 triangle staves oriented as shown in the picture above. None of the joint seams align with the center point. The illusion of curved segments result when the final form takes shape. You can see Georges web site at this address:

Now on to my Stave with a twist:
You now know how: Maple and Cherry is the what, piece is 6” by 5” and is finished with a couple of coats of WaterLux. Thanks for having a look.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 1269 days ago

That’s different. I like it but I still haven’t figured out how it’s done. Maybe I’m a bit dense but how about a bit more about the process.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#2 posted 1269 days ago

Great work! Was it hard to hollow out?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 1269 days ago

Brian, Your turning is very different and I like it a lot! When I return home I will try to make one!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 1269 days ago

I have got to try this. Very interesting.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#5 posted 1269 days ago

This is a beautiful piece. I love hollow forms, but I haven’t been a fan of segmented turning. A piece like this might change my mind. I like the form very much.

-- Glen

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#6 posted 1269 days ago

Very nice interpretation of the style (I have seen it called several other names). Another interpretation I have seen of this is to make the segments in layers and rotate them a few degrees as you go down from the upper layer….it creates a stair step or a swirl like pattern.

There is so much experimentation going on in woodturning these days….it is hard to keep up….so much of it in the realm of art rather then utility (bowls for beauty rather then as containers). I have several blanks that are seasoning and drying…but none dry enough to turn so I may have a go at segmenting for a while just to keep my hands on a gouge and skew (I’ve turned some pens and pencils to wet my appetite…but it is just not enough).

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 1269 days ago

That is very impressive Brian, love the form & the wood combination.

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#8 posted 1269 days ago

very cool design Brian, I like what you’ve done.

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#9 posted 1269 days ago

That is something I need to try also. Looks great and I like the choice of woods.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 1269 days ago

Brian, this is a real gem I love it, (you know if you keep this up you may get me into trying segmentation)
Thanks for the sketch as I can see how the finish work developed.
This is a realy lovely balanced piece & would look great on any display shelf.
looks like you are developing your own direction with this one,

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

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#11 posted 1269 days ago

very cool “new” approach to stave work. Thanks for sharing with us..

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#12 posted 1267 days ago

Mind boggling and awe inspiring Brian. It’s so true that a lot more than just cold wind comes from Canada!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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