I’ve always enjoyed looking at segmented projects and marveled at the precision of the cutting and staring in awe at the number of segments that go into a single finished piece, but never imagined I’d have a go at it, for various reasons.
Firstly, I’m impatient. The thought of cutting all those pieces in the first place fills me with dread; The whole idea leaves me cold. Secondly, I’m not precise enough, and don’t have the means (at the moment, or the willingness) to cut all the pieces required. Thirdly, I don’t have the time, and frankly, all this tied up together means I would never, ever turn a segmented piece. Or so I thought.
Leon Britton, a friend of mine (who is a turner and furniture maker near Southampton) and I were talking some months ago about general turning things and he suggested a segmented bowl kit that he could produce and save me the bother of cutting everything up in the first place.
Now, being a creative kind of chap, I loved the idea, and as if by magic, Leon produced a nine ring set for me to play with. We laid the rings out on the coffee table and started messing with different combinations of segments…now my imagination was whirring in to life! I didn’t have to cut a single piece of wood, but I could glue some bits together to lay out a bowl that I wanted to make.[membership level=”0″]
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But it doesn’t end there though! The kit Leon gave me had nine rings, so I could make one, two, three, or more bowls with the rings I’d be gluing-up! My mind was on fire with ideas about what I’d like to do with them.
Several weeks later, I got round to making the kit up, and here is the video:
This video shows just one of the finished pieces (and the one I made a rookie mistake on) – there is one more piece to turn which I’ll post when I’ve done it. In the meantime though, here are some more pictures of this first piece. If you would like to find out more about the bowl kits, join my mailing list (form to the right of this post) and visit Leon’s website at www.wood-youbelieveit.co.uk and be the first to find out when the kits are ready to go!
Thanks for reading and watching,