Turning Segmented Wooden Bangles
Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 187
The appearance of segmented wooden bangles can be stunning. The interplay of various species produces patterns that transform the relatively simple ring shape of the bangle into a highly attractive dress accessory.
The author, a qualified woodworking teacher with some 30 years experience, clearly has a penchant for segmented turning. The title of his previous book was Segmented Bowls for the Beginning Turner.
Both books include instructions for making two tablesaw fixtures that assist in accurately cutting the segments required for this kind of woodturning.
Turning Segmented Wooden Bangles begins with a guide to designing a bangle. This is followed by instructions for making the fixtures mentioned above and then a description of the methods used for machining stock and cutting segments.
Chapter 4 covers the actual turning of a bangle, while Chapter 5 introduces Special Design Techniques which allow the creation of more unusual segmented designs.
The book ends with a Gallery which explores some of the possibilities of this intriguing category of specialised woodturning.
The text is easily read and illustrated by many informative photos.
The book should appeal to woodturners of virtually every level of experience and the work has the advantage that it does not require a large or expensive lathe.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
1: Designing a Bangle
2: Building Fixtures
3: Machining Stock and Cutting Segments
Chapter 4: Turning the Bangle
5: Special Design Techniques