A Segmented Solar Spring Flower

Dancing Spring FlowerIt has been a tough winter for many people; and spring is having a tough time getting underway.

Let’s help it along with a solar powered dancing flower. The flower mechanism is purchased at a local dollar store. The project is to turn a nice wood cup to hide the awful plastic.

I grabbed a hunk of segmented wood from another project and went to work. The wood could have been anything and almost any orientation.

Mine is 24 segments of oak finished with beeswax and mineral oil.


Disaster Strikes Woodturning A Segmented Bowl

Segmented Oak BowlI had grand plans for this project: a shallow bowl on a pedestal — the pedestal having a hidden chamber.

But things did not go my way. One thing after another and this project turned into a salvage operation.

In the end I have a 56 segment oak bowl that looks great — until you see the off center rings.

Oh well.


An Analog Clock In A Digital World

Clock For Counter TopDo you need a reminder what clock-wise and counter clock-wise mean? How about a nice desk or counter top analog clock?

The thought also struck me that segmented woodturning relates to solid woodturning as digital relates to analog. What do you think?

This clock consists of 3 red oak segment rings, a walnut plug and a cherry spindle; all finished with beeswax and mineral oil mix.

The movement came from a local wood crafting store and are available in numerous catalog sources.


Collapsible Baton For Musicians

Music Director's Baton

I leveraged my experience with magic wands to make this collapsible music baton for my daughter in law.

This baton takes it to the next level. A baton need to be the same length as the distance from the director’s inner elbow to the director’s fingertips. For her, this is 14.5 inches. I also made this baton collapsible so it can be put in a large bag or purse.

It’s interesting and fulfilling to leverage other projects in a new way.


Segmented Woodturning – Case For Reading Glasses

Eye Glasses CaseSometimes I need reading glasses, but they’re never where I need them. Sometimes they get squashed, bent and otherwise mangled.

Here’s a solution – a beautiful case. Make as many as you want to have one with a pair of reading glasses anywhere you may need one.

This case consists of 11 rings: 10 of maple and padauk and one of only padauk. Each maple and padauk ring has 16 segments. Add in the end plugs for a total segment count of 170 pieces. It is finished with my mix of beeswax and mineral oil.

Now I can see.



Segmented Bowl Featuring Narrow Lip

Lipped Bowl in Cherry & WalnutI’ve been “on location” for some time. A neighbor, Roger Dokken, has helped me with my shortage of woodturning equipment such as a table saw and miter saw. He has also kept me and my wife supplied with lemons, grapefruit, and oranges.

Before returning home, I want to give Roger something in return. I also want to experiment with a bowl with a convex profile, opening wide at the top to welcome anything. I also wanted a contrasting lip or edge.

The problem with this concept is the wood for the lip. In most segmented turning the segments are glued up in a brick lay fashion on top of each other. When the bowl goes into a wide sweep such as the top of this bowl, usually the segments have to be very wide. This, compounded with the sweep makes the segment appear even wider. To counter this, I planned to joint the lip ring with a mortise and tenon approach. If successful, the rim would appear much more narrow than otherwise.

This bowl is finished with walnut oil.



Move Over Kindle – Here’s A Real Page Holder

Page Holder in WalnutMy daughter sent me a pin from Pinterest for this little doodad. I’m not sure of its official name. But, it does a great job of holding the pages open while reading a book. Despite Kindle et al, real paper books are still with us. It’s a bit irritating at times to have to use both hands to hold the pages down.

This one is walnut and finished with beeswax and mineral oil.

The challenge is to drill and finish the hole from both sides, then change the axis finish the remainder of the piece.



Hollow Vessel – Segmented For Safety

Oak Hollow VesselHollow vessels (Hollow Forms) are fascinating. How do you go about removing all that wood through that tiny hole in the top. Once you understand how, then you also begin to understand the risks involved especially for larger projects. They then require specialized tools such as bent scrapers. Even then a high skill level is required to avoid serious catches that could destroy the project. A catch could also do physical damage to the woodturner’s elbow or shoulder.

I also like segmented vessels, they have a different look and appeal. So why not combine segmented and hollow vessels. Using segmentation, the vessel can be constructed as two bowls then glued together before a little more touch up.

Sounds like a marriage made in heaven.

This vessel has 5 rings with 8 segments each for 40 segments plus a small plug in the bottom — total 41 segments. It is joined between the 3rd and 4th rings. It is finished with walnut oil.



Easy Woodturning Project – Mini Kaleidoscope

Mini Kaleidoscope in WalnutMy brother returned from a vacation at Sedona Arizona with a kaleidoscope and pictures of kaleidoscope. He challenged me to do something similar.

However, before going all out, I decided to complete a couple of “Mini Kaleidoscope” kits that I’ve had on hand for quite a while.

My kits originally came from Craft Supplies USA.

I made two: one from walnut; the other from padauk. They are about 1.5″ in diameter and 2.25″ in the wood body plus the brass ends. They are finished with my mix of beeswax and mineral oil.

With the mini kaleidoscopes completed, I can move on to larger ones.


Saguaro Cactus Necklace Holder

Saguaro Cactus Necklace HolderI chose to turn this cactus shaped necklace holder as I’m “on-location” in Arizona. To me, it is an exercise in slicing a woodturning and re-gluing it for a different effect. At the same time, since I don’t have access to a drill press, I used my lathe to drill holes in the side for the cactus arms.

Despite all this, it still will serve nicely as a necklace holder.

At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.