To some degree the woodturning grew out of the baroque lute project.  The tuning pegs on the lute are turned, and although I could have bought ready-made ones, I wanted to make everything myself if possible.  So I enrolled in a basic turning course and acquired a lathe, and in due course the lute's tuning-pegs were produced.

After the lute was finished I explored other forms of turning, including segmented turning, where the blank is built up from pieces carefully cut from boards and glued into rings which are then stacked up to make the rough blank.  It's a good way of making hollow vessels without requiring large blanks and elaborate hollowing tools, and it can enable interesting patterns to be built into the piece by using woods of different colours. It is also quite efficient use of wood, as there is less waste than if a solid blank was used for an object of the same size.

Detail of the neck of a segmented urn, made in Tasmanian Oak*, Wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) and Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata). The centre line in the zig-zag is Wandoo; the jarrah is the dark red-brown timber.  The pieces that make up the zig-zag were laminated first, then cut and glued up into a ring which then is stacked up with all the other rings. The turning can be done progressively as the rings are built up.

There is an almost "prismatic" effect on the segments in the neck - there is not a smooth transition of light from one segment to the next, but it seems to "flash" between them almost as if they were facets of cut glass.  I don't know why it does that, but the effect is quite striking.

The urn is 485mm high and 220mm in diameter at the shoulder.


 * Tasmanian Oak can be one of several timber species, including Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus obliqua, and Eucalyptus delegatensis.

Segmented Urn Detail

A small bowl and two whimsical lidded containers in WA Sheoak (Allocasuarina fraserana), one with a decorative inlay strip. This beautiful timber has very prominent medullary rays, which can produce striking figure on turnings. 

Small Sheoak Turnings

A few more small items in sheoak and jarrah. Lidded containers are fun to make, as it is quite a challenge to get the lid to fit just right. One stroke with the sandpaper can be the difference between too tight and too loose.