Segmented Bowls for the Beginner Turner
Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 168
Don Jovag was a woodworking teacher for some 30 years in public schools in the State of Washington (USA). He remembers that his students often experienced the familiar problem with turning end-grain.
The blanks that were used for turning were generally glued up from smaller pieces of wood and it occurred to him to glue the blocks together in such a way as to reduce the need to turn end-grain. This was the unlikely source of his motivation when he introduced his classes to the making of segmented bowls.
The book contains a series of segmented turning projects. Not surprisingly, the author approaches the subject in the careful, step-by-step manner of a teacher.
The first project is a 9" diameter, 'L' shaped salad bowl. Jovag explains his choice in these words: 'Nine inches in diameter because it will fit on a lathe with a 10" swing, an 'L' shape because it is the easiest segmented bowl to make and a salad bowl because it has a practical use'.
First, there is a detailed explanation of the necessary planning, then a discussion about the making of design rings. These are followed by instructions for building a sliding cut-off table for a tablesaw, directions for machining the stock, cutting segments, gluing the design rings and gluing up the bowl. There is then a brief diversion to consider tool sharpening before actually turning of the bowl.
The text is simple and straight-forward though there is one little teacher's quirk that the reader will soon notice. A few times throughout the book, where the author wants to specially stress a point, it is preceded by: (Pay Attention!). It's an amusing reminder of class instruction but it isn't intrusive and certainly does convey the intended emphasis.
The numerous photos which are used to illustrate the text are clear and informative. Two more projects, a Decorator Bowl and a Serving Platter allow further exploration of the applications of segmented turning.
The book is completed by three Appendices. The first contains the design data for a selection of segmented bowls. The second, contains the same information for selected segmented platters and the third presents a gallery finished work.
Although it is principally intended for beginners, this book should also prove of value to more experienced turners who have not yet taken up the challenge of segmented turning.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
1: Salad Bowls
2: Decorator Bowls
3: Serving Platters
Appendix A: Segmented Bowl Designs
Appendix B: Platter Designs
Appendix C: Gallery