My first segmented bowl

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Project by Bearpie posted 08-24-2011 11:22 PM 2448 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first segmented bowl 6” H x 10 1/4” D Pine and Walnut Wipe on Poly finish

I thought it was time for me to try something I have not done thus far, make a segmented bowl. I have seen others post here and my favorite among them is Sam Shakouri of Australia. He does incredible work! I decided to use pine cause I had plenty of cutoffs left from the expansion of my workshop and in case of a major screw up, no big loss! Mistake #1. I had to cut by trial and error and used big rubber bands for holding the glue-ups. Mistake #2. The rubber bands made it too difficult to put on unless you have 4 hands! I then bought the strap clamp for odd shaped projects and this worked like a charm. Wished They had 2 more sets so I did not have to wait till the glue dried before starting the next ring. Eventually the glue job was done and I stacked the rings up and marked where I wanted the walnut lines to match up, applied glue and clamped the bowl and had to carefully adjust the bowl for slippage when applying pressure. There was a narrow glue area between the 2nd and 3rd ring and the 3rd and 4th ring. Mistake #3. I should have made another ring and replaced the 3rd ring with a wider piece. I bandsawed each ring to make it easier to turn on the lathe without so much chunking! Carefully, I turned the piece and when I got to the 3rd disc I was not able to make the smooth transition and there is a slight “dogleg” between the rings due to mistake #3. I did the best I could and that area is just over an 1/8” thick and you can see the light glowing through it. I sanded it smooth and noticed that there was dips in the wood between the walnut and pine. Mistake #4. I used pine, a soft wood, and walnut, a harder wood, and pine will sand away quicker than walnut leaving a dip. (Note to self: match wood hardness more closely to each other!) Gotta live with it or it goes on the burn pile and it still looked too good for that so I applied a wood sealer to fill in the pores in the pine, re-sanded lightly with 600 grit and applied Wipe on Poly. Mistake #5 was not gluing a thick enough piece for the glue block for the chuck and I didn’t have room to use the thin kerf cut off blade so had to saw it off by hand.

I did not give myself an”A” on this piece but rather a “B-” because of the above mistakes. I gave a fairly high grade also because this is my first segmented bowl and I have to say it was a success, barely!

My wife posted this on Facebook and we already have a buyer interested!

Enjoy looking and comments and critiques welcomed.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 08-24-2011 11:38 PM

That is a good first attempt. I think dry pine is one of the toughest woods to turn. Your next bowl will be much easier.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 11:46 PM

Great first try at this. Good tight joints.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 11:58 PM

Very Nice :)

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 12:14 AM

Nice job Erwin, you know the best part of your post is you being able to analize your own work & record do’s & don’ts for the next one. What a great learning project. Well done Mate:))

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

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 12:26 AM

Great job. I can see why someone is interested in purchasing it, it’s a beauty.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 01:58 AM

Wow,Erwin. That is a stunning bowl. I’ll have to try a segmented bowl in the near future.
Hey, all those mistakes you mentioned go with the turning business. We all make ‘em. As you turn more you get better at recovering with tricks of the trade. The buyer will be overwhelmed by the beauty and never think about what went into making it

Thanks for sharing…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 02:39 AM

Great Job! The funny part (to me) is that I have one just like it only w/ pine and mahogany. These lessons are the best kind aren’t they?

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#8 posted 08-25-2011 04:16 AM

This bowl is mesmerizing!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 04:27 AM

Great job Erwin, that is a amazing piece of art.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#10 posted 08-25-2011 04:37 AM

It’s a great looking bowl. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- “Enjoy what you do, or do something else!”

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#11 posted 08-25-2011 05:47 AM

I think you need to give yourself some 1st attempt extra credit points. Enough points to raise it one letter grade at least. That’s a great looking bowl.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#12 posted 08-25-2011 08:16 AM

Irwin – That came out really well. I have tried turning pine but it usually (always) ends up torn
and ripped and needs hours of sanding to get it presentable.
I have tried various home-made fillers and sealers with mixed success and I am just curious to know what type you used.


-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#13 posted 08-25-2011 11:08 AM

Nice work, I’ve been thinking of trying some segmented bowls.
Thanks for posting all the pit falls for us newbies all to learn from.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#14 posted 08-25-2011 11:14 AM

good first attempt. Glue joints look good from here. .... and you found out about mixing the hard and soft woods…yes I would say good first go at it. Your next one will be a lot better. ...... dont be so hard on yourself…

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 08-25-2011 01:56 PM

First one? Wow! You nailed it! Great Job and great story!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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