Open Segment Bowl

This was a project for a Swap, an Open Segment Bowl, Maple and Walnut, about 6" diameter and 6" tall. A difficult and fun turning, this is the first open segment that I attempted. (I forgot and used 15/16" stock, after figuring out the rings for 3/4" stock, so it ended up shorter than I had planed).

I started with a base, chucked up on the lathe and turned the tenon on the bottom. That worked out well, so I could chuck it up later after the rings were glued up. Then started to glue the rings on to the base, took a compass and marked the interior of the ring, then using a full scale drawing of circles divided off for 24 segments, (a few were off a bit). Then placed a gallon paint can on top for clamping pressure. (I need a real jig before I attempt the next one, have an idea for that). Before gluing the next level, I took a Xacto knife and cleaned up the excess glue from the joints, placed the blank in the chuck and sanded the surface flat, rinse and repeat to the top. Then glued on the top ring which was glued up using hose clamps. (The wedgie sled I build a while back worked like a charm)

After everything had set a bit, I chucked it up on the lathe, it was a little out of balance. I placed a piece of plywood on the tail stock (with a live center) to support the blank while turning the exterior. I bit scarry turning with the openings, very gentle touch.

After the outside was turned down, off to the inside. Note: the balance was better now. I started at the edge of the bowl and worked my way in. Started getting a little rough turning, so I started going from the bottom to the lip. Nice thing about turning an open segment is the chips fall out and don't build up inside.

After I was happy with the shape inside and out, plus did not want to get to thin. (It turned out to be just over 1/4") Left in the chuck and using a fine file cleaned any remaining spots of glue from the segments. I finished this with Danish Oil (had to use a brush to ensure I sealed the end grain of the segments). Then placed it back on the lathe and buffed, with a few coats of Howard's Feed and Wax.

Overall, happy with the outcome, and will try this again down the road. Maybe with some patterns.

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

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Nice looking bowl.    Always liked segmented turnings.    Bet it leaks like a sieve or worse.    Looks good though.    


Real nice work on the bowl Eric
Ron, thanks. I was shoot for it to be a bit higher and a Fruit Bowl. I guess it could still be used for fruit, just not as much.

Corelz, thanks. I am liking these kinds of turnings, less wood.

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Found a few more photos of the process.

My layout for glue up.

And stacks of wedges.

And that wedgie sled.

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Just make sure the fruit is big enough to stay in there, Eric. No wild blueberries. ;-)

Nicely done!

May you have the day you deserve!

I was the recipient of this handsome piece. Really clean lines and edges, very clean sides within the open segments. It inspires me to try an open segmented piece!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Wow! Nice:) I have no idea about the process but I like the end result!

No name noobie here

Just magnificant and challenging!


Very interesting and super nice idea, Came out great.
Nice, looks like a scary turn with all those holes for catches.
Looks great.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Dave, thanks. Yep, large fruit for sure, or a basket to rinse the berries.

Ryan, thanks. looking forward to see what you come up with, you need a good jig for the glue up. I am working out a design for a shop built one.

Yrti, thanks. Time consuming process, but the results are well worth it.

Ivan, thanks. There are the challenges, but overall fun.

OldTool, thanks. I look for more interesting projects that are a little out there.

Mike, thanks. Yes, it was a bit scarry to turn, slow and gentle process.

OldRivers, thanks. Fun project, maybe inspire more.

Side note: has a good segment calculator, for both wedges and staves.

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i am with Mike would scare me to turn something with holes in it BUT looks very nice GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Tony, thanks. Yep, slow and gentle, light passes and watch closely. The hardest part was the inside. I was lucky I had a long handle carbide tool that was gifted to me from a past swap.

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Looks great.  Not a turner yet, but maybe someday.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Dave, thanks. Turning is fun, once the prep is done. After the blank is on the chuck spinning, the project goes fast. It is amazing to watch the shape come out of it.

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Awesome Eric.  That came out great!  Lots of work in that sucker!!
Kenny, thanks. The work part is an understatement, the funny part is when you draw it up using 3/4" stock to get your ring diameter, then use 15/16" stock, throws the profile way out. Had to adjust fire on this one. Lesson learned.

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fantastic buddy. man i can imagine all the work that goes into it then having it explode at the very end. maybe someday ill try one.......maybe ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Pottz, thanks.  Yea, that would be a shame, makes it interesting though.

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