Wood Art Made Easy
Published by Schiffer Publications Ltd, PA USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 182
Imagine taking three or four boards of contrasting colour, each about 20mm thick, and cutting them into strips 20mm wide. Now imagine gluing the strips together, using their colours to create an attractive pattern.
Imagine cutting that board into strips again at an angle to the original joints. Gluing these segments together will make a more complex pattern. Then, if you cut that jointed-up board into strips again, you could...
Thatís essentially what this book is about - creating multi-generational patterns by cutting and joining strips of wood. If you wish, the end result can be applied as a laminate to decorate such items as tables or boxes.
Despite the simplicity of the concept, the work has to be carefully planned and executed, if it is to be successful.
Stephen Carey, an amateur woodworker, first encountered this kind of work some 40 years ago. His continued interest has led to him lecturing on the subject of Multi-Generational Concepts (as well as related topics such as Segmented Woodturning and Linear Radius Turning) in and around his home state of New Hampshire (USA).
The book begins with an explanation of the basic concept from which the designs are generated, a discussion of safety and an overview of the easily made jigs that the author uses.
The comments which follow on the choice of wood are aimed at avoiding the problems that can occur when joining different wood species and woods with different grain orientation.
Actual construction begins with simple 'full-stripe' (1800 linear) laminations. After describing the method, the author provides some examples - a Lazy Susan with Napkin Holder, a Serving Tray and two Cutting Boards.
In the next chapter, a Second Generation pattern is produced by cutting a full stripe board at an angle of 450. The author shows how the cut segments can be used to experiment in making new designs. Once a design has been chosen, the segments are glued together again to make a re-constructed board. Again, there are examples of the use of a Second Generation design.
The next chapter deals with Third Generation designs and begins to reveal the real complexity and beauty that these methods can achieve. To show this is not the end of the possibilities, a final chapter presents a Fourth Generation design.
This book should appeal to anyone who appreciates the varied appearance of wood; the projects donít appear to be limited by skill level, but an ability to work to fine tolerances is clearly necessary.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
1 - Getting Started
2 - Safety
3 - Tools
5 - The First Generation
6 - The Second Generation
7 - The Third Generation
Chapter 8 - The Not-So-Lazy Susan - A Case Study
Parting Shots and Further Reading