Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 138
There are many books on the subject of turning segmented forms. The name of this book - Segmented Wood Turning - suggests that it is yet another of them.
This is a book about Open Segmented Turning - the turning of segmented forms in which there are gaps between each pair of segments. The presence of the voids between segments produces results that range from interesting to stunning.
Understandably, conventional segmented turning techniques do not work for Open Segmented Turning.
William Smith says that he first saw a piece of Open Segmented Turning in 1997. It had been made by Yosh Sugiyama and was in a friend's collection.
He began to experiment with possible ways of producing similar work. He was successful and eventually demonstrated his methods at the American Association of Woodturners Symposium in Washington in 1999. It is these methods that are described in this book.
Chapter 1 discusses the geometry of open segmented turnings, Chapter 2 details the making of the necessary jigs and Chapter 3 deals with wood selection, preparation and cutting. The next two chapters cover construction and turning, while the last offers information about advanced techniques. The book is completed by a six page Gallery.
(Open) Segmented Wood Turning should appeal to woodturners who enjoy working within precise tolerances to achieve technically challenging and aesthetically pleasing results.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
2: Making The Jigs
3: Wood Selection, Preparation, and Cutting
Chapter 4: Construction
6: Advanced Techniques
Appendix I: Chart To Find Dimension C
Appendix II: Index Wheels