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Project by Bearpie posted 09-07-2011 11:42 PM 2373 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple and Walnut Vase 6 1/8” H x 6” D Finished with Wipe on Poly 209 pieces

After making my first segmented bowl, I was enthused with making more because I enjoyed making it and wanted to do more. This time I went with similar hardness of wood and was very pleased with the result I got with the maple and walnut combination. It is a time consuming process to go through the various steps. First the layout, figuring the shape and finding out how long the pieces had to be and how wide and thick as well. Getting the mitre saw set up and angles figured and then cutting all the pieces, keeping each row or layers separate and in the proper order. Cutting the pieces to go between each segment. Applying glue to each piece and clamping them together. ( I found it easier to use Stainless steel hose clamps in various sizes) when the glue is dry, I had to clean the edges and sand smooth so they will fit flat on top of each other tightly. I glued several rings together and turned them so it would be easy to clean up the inside of the vase. Theoretically, it is not necessary to turn the inside as it will not be seen, except the fact that all other turners will, invariably, put their finger inside to see how smooth you turned the inside, will make you want to do a good job! Non turners tend to just pick it up and feel the outside only. Now comes the fun part of turning the vase, Bada boom, it is done! HUH! All that work and it only takes a few minutes to turn? Yup! The absolute nice part about turning segmented work is that there is no end grain to contend with! I put the narrow vertical pieces with the end grain running up and down instead of running horizontal from the center. The piece will not warp because the wood is dry unlike turning green wood. I definitely will be making more segmented pieces and have 4 more in the works in various stages. I just have to come up with a better way to cut the pieces more accurately. Maybe make a table saw sled.

Invariably my customers will ask if they could put water in the vases for flowers, I keep telling them NO, not ever! I found a place where I could buy a 1” diameter 6” long flared glass tube, cheaply, that I could use as an insert for my vases so they could put a little bit of water in it to keep flowers in. Maybe some people will be more willing to buy if they could do that? I will now offer that as an option if it will fit the vase. You can see the glass tube in picture 4.

Picture 5 and 6 is another segmented piece I am working on that is almost finished. It is made of Bamboo, Brazilian Cherry, 2 thin rows of Padauk and Maple. I was surprised at how easy it was to turn Bamboo. It did not splinter up like it does when you saw it and it sanded very well and took a nice sheen. This one is a smaller vase but has more pieces, 290, due to the fact it has 12 major segments per row and the first had 8.

Enjoy looking and comments and critiques are appreciated!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 11:57 PM

WOW! Fantastic! They are both very nice, thanks for sharing :-)

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 01:44 AM

glad to see you are having fun with the segmenting. I also really enjoy it, but time has not permitted as of late….... keep em’ coming.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 01:52 AM

Beautiful vase. I still need to try a segment turning. Thanks for sharing!!

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 01:58 AM

Very nicely done. again Well done.
I always like to see wood turnings.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Sam Shakouri

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 01:13 PM

Bearpie, It is very nice vase design and beautiful combenations of timber. One segmented turning will, surly leads you to another, and then to addiction. Be prepared!!

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

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joey bealis

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 01:20 PM

Nice work. Just getting into woodturning but i know i want to try one of these one day.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 01:27 PM

These are just beautiful Erwin! I think you do really wonderful work and I know you inspire a lot of people. Keith is beginning to think about turning larger pieces. He still loves doing pens, but he is getting the itch to do something bigger. I bet when he sees these it will inspire him to give them a try. They are just lovely!


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

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#8 posted 09-08-2011 03:56 PM

Great work on both of those Erwin.
You certainly have the knack for combining nice looking woods.
Beautiful job! !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 09-10-2011 05:45 PM

Beautiful work, love the segmenting.

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ and

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#10 posted 09-15-2011 05:28 AM

Very beautiful art bearpie they both have wonderful contrast and balance. The pronounced curvature of the maple grain at center point just pulls and accentuates the flow of the vase. Great use of grain reading!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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