Art of Segmented Wood Turning
Published by Linden Publishing, Fresno, CA, USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 135
Segmented woodturning is something of an esoteric art, experimented with briefly by most woodturners, but regularly practised by a much smaller number.
In a sense, segmented turning is a kind of woodturner's marquetry, a notion reinforced by a photo caption early in The Art of Segmented Wood Turning that exhorts the reader to think of wood colours as paint.
The results that can be achieved by the methods outlined in this book are little short of astounding. Author, Malcolm Tibbetts, is obviously passionate about his craft and the many examples of his work that are shown here amply demonstrate the skill he has acquired.
There are the familiar segmented urns, bowls and vases, but there's also a rocket with angled layers within a laminated segment, a hollow vessel with vertically oriented segment layers, as well as a group of very unusual shapes in a chapter devoted to exploring the icosahedron.
The book begins with an examination of the tools the author uses and some comments on the choice of wood and of consumables such as adhesives.
In Chapter 7, Tibbetts presents more than 30 pages of Techniques, Tricks and Shortcuts, introducing many of the jigs he has developed and describing how they are used. The next chapter on The Design Process examines how a design is brought to the stage at which it can be drawn.
In the remainder of the book - more than half of it - Tibbetts proceeds to instruct by example, using a series of projects to explain specific methods of preparation, set-up and turning.
Tibbets' book was written, he says, for those who possess at least basic lathe-turning skills and are ready to take (their) woodturning in a new direction.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
Types of Construction
and Large Turnings