Second Vessel, Port Hole Segmenting

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Project by woodworkerscott posted 12-30-2011 07:19 PM 1590 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at a segmented vessel. Again, I was inspired by Malcolm Tibbets, who invented porthole segmenting. It was a risky task with being new to segmented turning but I needed something unique for my mother’s Christmas present. She is big on oak and on acorn décor so I thought it would be cool to have portholes with little acorns in each. I turned the acorns from oak dowel to save time. I didn’t get very many of them exactly the same but I can call it art and let it slide. Turning a piece with portholes can make one a little nervous. I didn’t have my tool catch in the ports, but I was stressed about it the “hole” time; makes for a different sanding approach as well.

The finished design was not what I originally intended. The piece was supposed to be more rounded and softer at the feature ring but due to my inexperience in not making the segments thick enough, I had to stop there to prevent a major fubar. The shape reminds of those vintage tops. Overall I think it came out acceptable and she loved it.

This vessel is made from oak, maple, and cherry with four coats of wipe-on ploy and paste wax. Thanks for viewing.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 02:48 AM

Very nice

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