Segmented Wood Turning
by WillIam Smith

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 0-7643-1601-X

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 138

There are many books on the subject of turning segmented forms. The name of this book - Segmented Wood Turning - suggests that it is yet another of them.

It isn't.

This is a book about Open Segmented Turning - the turning of segmented forms in which there are gaps between each pair of segments. The presence of the voids between segments produces results that range from interesting to stunning.

Understandably, conventional segmented turning techniques do not work for Open Segmented Turning.

William Smith says that he first saw a piece of Open Segmented Turning in 1997. It had been made by Yosh Sugiyama and was in a friend's collection.

He began to experiment with possible ways of producing similar work. He was successful and eventually demonstrated his methods at the American Association of Woodturners Symposium in Washington in 1999. It is these methods that are described in this book.

Chapter 1 discusses the geometry of open segmented turnings, Chapter 2 details the making of the necessary jigs and Chapter 3 deals with wood selection, preparation and cutting. The next two chapters cover construction and turning, while the last offers information about advanced techniques. The book is completed by a six page Gallery.

(Open) Segmented Wood Turning should appeal to woodturners who enjoy working within precise tolerances to achieve technically challenging and aesthetically pleasing results.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Chapter 1: Theory
Geometry For Open Segmented Turnings
Design Principles for Open Segmented Turnings

Chapter 2: Making The Jigs
Index Wheel
Positioning Jig

Chapter 3: Wood Selection, Preparation, and Cutting
Wood Selection
Wood Preparation
Cutting Segments

Chapter 4: Construction

Chapter 5: Turning
Tools and Turning
Wall Thickness

Chapter 6: Advanced Techniques
Split Construction
Dish With Segmented Lid

Appendix I: Chart To Find Dimension C

Appendix II: Index Wheels