Segmented Woodturning – Not A Plain Christmas Ornament

Segmented Woodturning - Not A Plain Christmas Ornament

What do you do with leftover wood? How about when you worked a lot to make a laminated blank?

In this case I had to make additional segmented rings to have enough for the globe of the ornament.

It is traditional when describing a segmented piece to describe the number of segments. In this case, there are eight main rings but the piece count varies with each ring. Did I handle each piece individually? No. But I still count them individually.

Counting all the pieces, this ornament has 147 pieces of wood, Oak, cherry, yellowheart,maple, walnut, and a tropical hardwood. It is about 3 inches in diameter and 8 inches in height, finished with shellac friction polish.

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Music: Traumerei by Shumann performed by Becky Schlappi. Used with permission.

Segmented Woodturning – Not A Plain Christmas Ornament

6 thoughts on “Segmented Woodturning – Not A Plain Christmas Ornament”

  1. Alan, I am exhausted. All that frantic action. Usually your videos are smooth and soothing. What happened?   Please slow down. I want to savor the journey. The ornaments did turn out very well. I am a segmenter and really appreciate the work that goes into the project before the turning.

  2. Alan when you started this, I thought you were going to put a little twist on this Christmas ornament. When I saw the thumbnail I thought it looked like a pair of maracas. I thought turning a Christmas ornament into a gift was brilliant. Maybe that's another chapter. Beautiful work! I love the ornament. Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. Very nice. I always learn something when watching one of your videos. I like your live center adapter for supporting the finial while turning the rest of the piece. May I make one suggestion? Try using a Morse taper collet for holding the finials instead of using a 4-jaw chuck with pin jaws. The advantage of using a collet is you don't have that huge chuck body getting in your way. The disadvantage is a chuck is faster if you're just doing one ornament from start to finish. I use both, but I prefer using a collet when I can.

  4. Good looking Ornament, I'd like to know more about the piece that you used in the Tail Stock to support the Finials pointed tip while finishing the remainder. Thanks, Tim

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