Bill's Woodturning Hobby


I love working with wood.  Woodturning is part art, part craft and a lot of patience.  I started in 2005 after visiting a woodturning exhibit in England.  I ordered a beginner's wood lathe from Grizzly Tools and got hooked on it.  Seems like I'm always buying new tools, exotic woods and how-to books.  I uploaded these pictures to show my family and friends a small sample of the things I have made so far.  I am now looking for the perfect vessel, as well as the perfect fly.  TEST CHANGE

Initially I worked with solid hunks of wood, mostly from trees around my home, but there were always shrinkage problems working with green wood and I didn't have the patience to wait for the wood to dry before the final turning.  Then I bought bowl blanks of exotic kiln dried woods and made a few nice pieces that way, but there were still end-grain issues.  It is very difficult to get clean cuts across the end grain that will polish up nicely.  Turning solid hunks of wood requires special skills I have not mastered.

Then I discovered segmented turning.  In this technique one starts with a flat length of kiln-dried wood and cuts it into short lengths that are glued together into rings.   The rings are then stacked to make a bowl or a vase or any other shape. It involves some geometry, but allows for creativity in shape and color.

Below are some examples of my work, generally arranged chronologically.

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The chips are flyin'


I make lots of this


 Wild cherry logs


My first nut bowl
(cherry)


Cherry salad bowl


Before & after
A Ring bowl


My band saw and wood lathe


A set of cups
from rotting
wood


Salad bowl


2005 Christmas presents


Ash vase & goblet


Rosewood bowl
Vic Dozzi


Super top & baby rattle


Stuff


Endgrain bowl - don't try it!


Spalted Maple
Salad Bowl


Maple& Brazilian Redwood


Lignum Vitae (ironwood) Bowl


Bocote


Cherry Burl


Canary wood & Walnut


Segmented Dish


Ambrosia & Redwood


Maple, Corian & Cocobolo


Whirlpool Dish


Lidded Bowl
Oregon Myrtlewood


The Sedona
Mountain Ash & Brazilian Redwood Gary Balke


Spider Bowl Ash & Brazilian Redwood


Spider Dish
Ash & Makore


Early Segmented Bowls


Ring Construction


workbench & tool center - a simple shop


Table saw setup
for cutting bowl segments


Hopi Mini Bowl
6" diameter


UFO Bowl


UFO Bowl

 


 A Trio of Hopi
 Indian Vessels


    Flared Bowl
Maple&Redwood


The Vortex
Walnut & Maple


Segmented Bowl
    Collection


Hard Burl Ashtray   


Maple, Mahogany & Cocobolo


Heart to Heart Fluted Vase
11"W x 11"H


Lidded Ebony sapwood bowl


Kelly's
Birdhouse


Apollo
Re-entry


Thunderbird
Amberwood,
Redheart
& Walnut


Bubinga and
Maple Cup



The Thunderbird

First Staved Vase

Spalted Bowl

Purpleheart Staved Vase

Burl Bowls


Staved Vase


Little Brown Jug


Rosewood Goblet


Candy Dish


Laminated Vase


Staved Vessel


Burl Bowl


Mahogany/Maple Vase

Mahogany/Maple Vase

Chicken Lamp for Chris

Staved Vessel given to Kathy Manges

John Nuzzo's HS Band Baton - Caesar Rodney High School,Dover, DL


What is this?  Vic Dozzi has it.


Spalted Maple


Easter Basket


Impossible Geometry


50th Anniversary Dish for Helga


Redheart Sunrise


Lidded Urn
Maybe my ashes?


A trio of vases.
Hard maple and redheart.


Mexican Snowman


Cocobolo Keyholder


Miniature Birdhouse


Wine bottle stopper


Woven Indian basket


Nested bowls
Cocobolo & Yellowheart

 


Fat Albert
Hackberry & Bloodwood


Bubinga & Cherry
Vase


African Drum Lamp


Hot air balloon
12 types of wood