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Segmented Turned Sculpture

author-gravatar mesigh Sep 10, 2019

I have recently got into turning and creating sculptures. This was a really fun build. I'm a structural engineering master's student and needed a way to get to class/laboratory. My cousin told me he would trade me his motorized scooter if I created him something out of wood - so this is how my summer ended up. I made this with some scrap alder I had and some black dyed veneer. I wanted a wavy brick pattern for the final aesthetic, and I believe I accomplished that. Simply put, it is a collection of bottomless segmented turned bowls cut and glued together. #turning #woodturning #sculpture #woodsculpture

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Gathering scrap wood outside my house for the project.

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Alder laminated together for needed width and length and set into groups for 6 individual bottomless bowls.

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I built a wedge sled for my table saw to cut the segmented angles.

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Dyed veneer was placed in between the segments and glued together.

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This is one of the bottomless bowls glued up. (The rings)

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Dyed black veneer was placed in between each ring to complete the 'brick' look.

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Just an image of turning the inside of the bowl.

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Unfortunately I do not own a band saw. I decided to create a sled that could hold the piece down for cutting longitudinally. 

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My CAD model drawing did not turn out how I wanted it to look in real life so a few changes were made.

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My final design before glue up and finishing.

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During the mounting phase the sculpture fell from my table and broke. Luckily it broke along the veneer seams and was a somewhat easy fix.

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This is the finished piece. I was very pleased with the turn out.

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This is incredible!  Beautiful piece of artwork.  I've never tried any segmented pieces, but this makes me want to start the process of trial and error.

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