I began woodturning in 1995 on a
ShopSmith, a multi-purpose machine that can be set up as a lathe.
Because the ShopSmith was not designed for out-of-balance work, much of
my earlier work was "segmented," that is made from pieces of
wood glued together. By constructing segmented rings and then
gluing them together, I was able to begin the turning process with
reasonably pre-balanced items.
In 1996, I purchased a Oneway 2036 lathe
Its overall sturdiness, torque and weight (about 850 pounds)
permits me to manage out-of-balance logs with ease. As a result, I
now predominantly use "green" wood, i.e., recently cut wood
that has a high-moisture content. The items are rough-turned,
allowed to dry and then remounted and turned to final form.
I largely abandoned the segmented
technique after I acquired the Oneway lathe, but am now beginning to
explore it again because I enjoy the end result.
Here are a few segmented items that I have done.
You will find a couple more in Special Items.
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