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Segmented Turning™ - Segmented Projects Users Have Made


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It really makes me feel good to see other people use my tool successfully and it also gives me ideas for projects of my own. Below are pictures of some of the projects of my users.


Bill Pittman completes Segmented Turning Training
1/31/2014, Bill Pittman (Mr. Bill) of Santa Fe, Texas completes five days of one-on-one training in segmented turning with Bill Kandler. Mr. Bill designed the vase while Bill guided the mouse, but Mr. Bill was the star performer for all other parts of the marathon event. The vase is 14 layers with Maple as the primary color and a Running Snake design in the feature ring composed of Mahogany, Walnut, and Maple. You can expect Mr. Bill to be taking bows at his next local woodturning club meeting.

11/23/2013, Skip Deedon of Illinois, Arkansas, and points West has just finished a one-on-one training event with Bill Kandler. Skip designed the vase himself and was a significant element in its successful completion. The 18 layer vase consists of Birch with decoration of Black Limba and Black Walnut making up a layer-constructed Thunderbird pattern. Great first segmented project!

Loren Harrison sent these two items. One is an Urn special ordered by a lady in Burlington, Vermont. Her husband was half Cherakee. Included was a deer antler handle and a dream catcher. Loren utilized the Slicer Designer for the feature ring design. The white holly vase was sold at the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival in the Black Hills.

Alfed Spitzer jr. took on a challenge to recreate one of my early pieces, and did a fine job of it.

Leo Thibodeau sends these three fine examples of what can be done in segmented projects.

Andrew Baxter sends this very nice adaptation of a Gavin Sneed original. It garnered 1st place at the Bay Area Woodturners Mid-Year contest for 2004. The dark wood is all Walnut, the center background ring is Box Elder that has a little spalting and the light wood is Maple. After final sanding he put on two coats of Mylands Cellulose Sanding Sealer then buffed with Tripoli, White Diamond, then wax.

Lynn Baker just finished his first two projects using the program. The Spiral Bowl in the first picture is composed of Bloodwood, Pall Amarilo, Imbuia, Zebrawood with a bottom of Santos Rosewood. The Southwestern Bowl in the second picture is made of Purpleheart, Spalted Maple, Red Oak, Bloodwood, and Green Heart.

Don Bratcher gets bolder with each new project. The first picture shows a piece with a feature ring made up as a third generation lamination. In the second picture he has taken some license with my recent Evil Eye project to make his own 6.5" by 10.5" vase. It is composed of Purpleheart, Red Oak, Padouk, and Walnut

Don Hebert made a small bowl using Walnut veneer as vertical and horizontal spacers between segments in this first picture. It gives good definition of the piece. In the second picture, he shows a bowl that won 1st place in the Cullman, AL County Fair in September of 2004. The bowl is Maple, Cherry, Purpleheart, Redheart and Walnut veneer around the bottom's pattern.

Here's a new project made by Alan Ripps. The first picture shows the end result. The second picture, nicely set off by the blue fabric, is the same project during construction.

Mark Lisowski made this open segment piece he calls "Colorado Anniversary". It features fixed percentage gaps between each segment. He's also provided the project file for it which you can find in the Plans section of the site.

Al McCoy says, "I tried one of your gallery bowls. First attempt turned out pretty well. ... I changed the top layer to all walnut. I used Soft Maple for the main wood, and used Walnut and purpleheart for the other two choices. Thank you for your program it works well." I thought mine was pretty good but Al has done me one better. And his background choice for the picture is particularly striking. This project is now on display at the Museum of Arts in Orlando. In the second project, Al started down one path and then veered off course to a new destination by adding the feature ring.

Phillip Ochosky, a Canadian turner, recently sent me this picture of an SPP project. Phillip has fashioned a feature ring using the lamination board process and then combined this ring with single Maple blocks above and below it with thin separating bands of a very dark wood. I imagine he did some searching to find the piece of Maple for the top.

Richard Erickson has just come up with a masterfully hewn 24 sided creation called the Kandler. The feather pattern is a stacked scroll saw activity. This Southwest Pueblo Indian Circular Feather pattern relates to the sun or creator. The second picture is of a piece that was instrumental in Richard's induction into the Santa Barbara Art Association in September of 2003.

Ron O'Hara has been wasting no time since he purchased the program in early March. Besides, it's been cold in Connecticut and what else would he do? It's a good thing he took this picture because it's already been sold.

Ken Vickery, he's in the Atlanta area, shows off one of his latest bowls designed using my software. With this one, he won first place in the Turnings Category (non-masters class) of the Annual Woodworking Guild of Georgia Contest at the Atlanta Woodworking Show in January 2004. He's been using the program since May of 2002 and has come up with several enhancement ideas.

Paul Thibodeau sent this picture of his latest project 41" high and 15" dia. (1,191 pieces) He got a tidy sum for it.

Jeff Rondeau sent these pictures of his projects using SPP. Bowl 1 is 5" dia, bowl 2 is 8 1/2" and bowl 3 is 11".

Steve Thomas provided this picture of a recent project. It's fashioned from Maple and Walnut and you can see it isn't finished yet. I don't think this was his first segmented project.

Jim Myrick is new to using SPP. He said, "I have just completed my first segmented bowl (my first bowl ever!) from red cedar and red oak (four layers). I did not realize that the transitions would be so difficult for a beginner---the cedar was like warm butter to the oak's frozen butter! But it turned out nice, I must say. I sanded it down from 80 to 1,500 grit and then applied five coats of 30-min lacquer with 0000 steel wool between coats."

Ron Brown sends this picture of two bowls; one made by his wife and one by Ron. Maple, goncolo alves, purple heart dots on one, zebra wood dots on the other. These are their first bowls ever, first segmented bowls ever, and for his wife, first turning project ever!

Here is a simple piece, presented by Andy Hollar, made of Maple and Red Heart. He sent me this in May and it's about time I got it up on the site.

Tony Burns, Australia, supplied this picture. Tony says, "The fruit bowl pictured (made from macracarpa & red cedar) was my first attempt with your tool ,pretty quick I thought. What I need now is some imformation on creating intricate patterns like the ones I see in the magazines" Tony also sent this second picture of a nest of bowls for nuts & lollies. The bowls are made from hoop pine with the lip & centre handle from rosewood.

John Dennis supplied these pictures of his first & third segmented projects. In the second project he used Cherry, Birch, Purpleheart, Ebony and an unknown species that he found in a dunage pile. It looks a lot like Mahogany but it is very hard and heavy. 10" high x 11" in diameter and 307 pieces. He used a hollow chisel mortise attachment on the drill press to inset the Ebony squares.

These are pieces 3, 6, and 10 from the long woodturning career of Tom Sauer. He says he is a rookie and at 19 projects so far, I cannot disagree. But, you can see that he is progressing rapidly. Tom has his own WEB site at http://www.tswoodwork.com where you can view and maybe even purchase his work. You can contact tom via TScreativewoodworks@yahoo.com

Travis Nelson created this giant floor vase using my program and he didn't waste much time doing it. He started it early March of 2002 and sent me the picture in early June, same year. In his own words "It contains 654 pieces and 11 species of wood. It measures 40 3/4" tall 12 1/4" in the biggest spot and 4 3/4" in the narrowest spot. The program worked great." The second picture is Travis's newest venture; a spherical speaker enclosure.

Ed Krause tried this as his first project using the program. If you've looked into my Gallery section you'll see one of my projects that is almost a carbon copy. It's interesting to see what a little different interpretation will result in.

Your program works great, thanks!! I have attached a few pictures of my first project....
Cherry, maple and lacewood...  Can't wait to start the next one."
Nick Johnson

Sam Carpenter sent in these two pictures of his first project using the program. It looks like Mahogany and probably Maple. We can see that Sam has mastered the solid disk layer. Good work!

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