The Art of Segmented Wood Turning
A Step-by-Step Guide
by Malcolm Tibbetts

215 x 280mm

Published by Linden Publishing, Fresno, CA, USA


ISBN 085442135-1

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Indian Blanket Feature Ring

Stave Construction

Lamination Trickery

Production Turning

Oval Bowls

Mitering complete Rings

Building an Icosahedzon

Portholes and Large Turnings

Segmented Ribbons


As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 135

Segmented woodturning is something of an esoteric art, experimented with briefly by most woodturners, but regularly practised by a much smaller number.

In a sense, segmented turning is a kind of woodturner's marquetry, a notion reinforced by a photo caption early in The Art of Segmented Wood Turning that exhorts the reader to think of wood colours as paint.

The results that can be achieved by the methods outlined in this book are little short of astounding. Author, Malcolm Tibbetts, is obviously passionate about his craft and the many examples of his work that are shown here amply demonstrate the skill he has acquired.

There are the familiar segmented urns, bowls and vases, but there's also a rocket with angled layers within a laminated segment, a hollow vessel with vertically oriented segment layers, as well as a group of very unusual shapes in a chapter devoted to exploring the icosahedron.

The book begins with an examination of the tools the author uses and some comments on the choice of wood and of consumables such as adhesives.

In Chapter 7, Tibbetts presents more than 30 pages of Techniques, Tricks and Shortcuts, introducing many of the jigs he has developed and describing how they are used. The next chapter on The Design Process examines how a design is brought to the stage at which it can be drawn.

In the remainder of the book - more than half of it - Tibbetts proceeds to instruct by example, using a series of projects to explain specific methods of preparation, set-up and turning.

Tibbets' book was written, he says, for those who possess at least basic lathe-turning skills and are ready to take (their) woodturning in a new direction.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Types of Construction


- AAW Lathe Safety Guidelines
- Respiratory Protection

Understanding Wood
- Moisture Content
- Testing for Moisture Content
- Wood Grain Orientation
- Choosing Wood
- Preparing Your Wood

- Clamping
- Glue Safety

Techniques and Tricks
- Cutting Segments
- Disc Sanding
- Gluing Segments Together
- Preparing Rings for Stacking
- Uses of MDF
- Working with Veneer
- Splitting Rings into Multiple Rings
- Vessel Bases
- Improving Efficiency

The Design Process
- Design Tips
- Feature Rings
- Creating a Blueprint
- A Sample Drawing

John's Turning
- Indian Blanket Feature Ring
- A Cutting List
- Joining Two Halves
- The Finishing Process

Stave Construction
- Calculating Compound Miter Angles
- Building a Staved Vessel
- Mortise-and-Tenon Joint

Lamination Trickery
- Building Zigzag Rings
- Multi-Generation Lamination
- Two Ways to Build Diamonds
- Laminated Segments and Staves
- A Bowl from a Board

Production Turning

Miscellaneous Tricks
- Oval Bowls
- Mitering complete Rings
- Installing Round Designs

Building an Icosahedzon
- Sphere Turning Techniques
- Transforming Spheres into Vessels
- A Truncated Icosahedron

Portholes and Large Turnings
- Building a Porthole-Style Ring
- Large Diameter Ring Techniques
- Building Sunrise Segments
- Another Way to Insert Diamonds
- More Large Vessel Techniques

Segmented Ribbons

Final Thoughts

- Mathematical Formulas & Concepts
- Calculating Compound Miters
- Construction of Platonic Solids
- Chart of Compound Miter Angles
- Description of Turnings
- Bibliography
- About the Author