Trying Segmented Turning

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Project by Ron Ford posted 157 days ago 814 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been interested in trying some segmented turnings and decided to try a few bowls using that technique.

The first two pictures are my first effort and include a birds-eye maple bowl bottom, bloodwood, and hard maple. It is about 3” high and 7 1/2” across. It is finished with lacquer.

The second one is made of acacia (bottom and top, plus the wider ring just below center) redheart, and hard maple. Finished size on that one is 5 1/2” high and 9” across. Given the photo-sensitive nature of redheart, I finished it with several coats of a UV-resistant polyurethane.

Having a Jet 1632 drum sander made building the segmented rings and sanding them flat and uniform and has been a huge help. It is rapidly becoming one of my favorite tools in the shop and I use it frequently for these and other projects.

The success I enjoyed on these has increased my interest in trying more segmented turning, and to ‘up my game’ with more sophisticated designs.

Thanks for looking!


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#1 posted 157 days ago

Fabulous work.

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

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#2 posted 157 days ago

Darn, those are really nice!

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#3 posted 157 days ago

Great Stuff Ron… Ive been on the fence about trying some segmented stuff. But seeing your shot at it is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 157 days ago

Beautiful bowls Ron. Have fun with your new creations!!!!!!!!!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 157 days ago

Wow, that bloodwood really looks awesome. Can’t wait to use some of that in my upcoming projects too. I think it’s great you’re getting into more detailed and complicated pieces; once you cross the dark side there’s no going back to simple!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 157 days ago

great looking bowls

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 157 days ago

They turned out great. Good job!

-- Nicky

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#8 posted 157 days ago

Very nice segmented turnings.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 156 days ago

Very Nice Work! I need to learn how to turn bowls like that!

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#10 posted 156 days ago

Thanks for all of the positive feedback! I really appreciate the encouragement.


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#11 posted 156 days ago

nice work on some nice segmented bowls. Good to see the birth of another segmented turner.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#12 posted 156 days ago

very nice bowls, along with the previous post of yours, they’re all very beautiful!

-- John, South Dakota

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#13 posted 153 days ago

Very nice.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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