Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex UK
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 145
There was a time when segmented turning was, well, ordinary. It was enough for the item to have been made with mathematical precision so that from a distance, at least, one segmented vase was not all that different from another, despite the variations in surface design and the colour and grain of the segments.
In the past few years, all that has changed. The envelope has been pushed further and further out with woodturners experimenting more with laminations and open segments. Some of the current designs are simply stunning.
Dennis Keeling, the author of Segmented Turning clearly sees his field of expertise as a separate region in the art of woodturning.
His book begins with a history of this form of turning and an illustrated introduction to the work of the seven turners whom he regards as its main protagonists. The dozen or so photos of their work are an inspiring testimony to the breadth and intricacies of Segmented Turning as it is being practised today.
There is a brief discussion about the various kinds of segmented turning, a longer consideration of the Equipment, Tools and Materials that are used and finally a careful description of the major techniques employed.
The first of these is the familiar Solid Segmenting where the segments are glued together, end-grain to end-grain. Each aspect of the procedure is discussed, including design, constructing the base, cutting the wood into strips, cutting the segments, sanding, mitre sawing, creating and gluing the segment rings, preparing them for gluing and finally turning the composite.
The Open Segment technique is given a similar in-depth treatment which is also well-illustrated with photographs and diagrams.
The remainder (a little more than half) of the book is devoted to the projects. They include a 'conventional' Segmented Bowl, Open Segmented Fruit Bowl and Flower Vase, a concentric ring Bowl made from Corian, an Offset Bowl also made from Corian, a segmented Bowl made from polychromatic material and both Open Segment and Skeleton candlesticks.
Each project is graded into Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced and presented in step-by-step photos accompanied by concise, descriptive text and, where appropriate, diagrams and tables.
The book is likely to be useful for anyone aspiring to or involved in segmented turning since it begins as a primer on the subject, then develops through the exploration of techniques and descriptions of projects, into a treatise on the state-of-the-art.
Units of measure: Imperial & Metric
Tools and Materials