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post #1 of 6 Old 08-03-2009, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to be starting to get serious about woodturning pens and bowls. what are the best woods for this? I want to do some segmented pens and bowls.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-03-2009, 09:50 PM
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wood for bowls

I havn't gotten into the segented stuff yet,but I think just about any wood,would be good,I'v only been turning abour 3 yrs,but hope to get into the segmented bowls this year,so I just search the web and have gotten some real nice books to get some design ideas,plus wood ideas.It would be difficult to say what type of wood to use,rememmber that for segmented work the wood should be VERY dry.Heres a site that may help you. http://www.woodturningonline.com/Tur...d_artists.html
You can get a ton of ideas here.

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Hi Rod,

For turning pens just about any hardwood that has a good figure will be good. I found some Aspen that had great figure in it at Lowe's. Make sure it is very dry. I also have Corian which is great to turn.

For bowls I have picked up some great material from tree guys cutting stuff along roadways. I got black walnut, holly, sycamore, and beech burl I found that way. I used to get other hardwood scraps from cabinet shops and floor guys we used when I was supervising new home construction.

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You could try Segemented Wood Turning by Malcolm Tibbetts ,very good book.

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As far as I can tell you can use almost any wood and plastic, animal horns and bones, some nuts and seed pods, some stones and non ferrous metals. The whole world is your to turn, just study up on the material and use your imagination.
I will second the vote to get Malcolm Tibbet's book, The art of segmented turning. It's excellent.
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One of the things you want to watch out for in segmented turning is to use wood of at least roughly similar characteristics of movement in service. I ignore my own advice on purpose but often regret it. I have a couple of bowls that were (I think anyway) just gorgeous when finished, but they are unsaleable because internal stresses caused major flaws after only a few weeks on the shelf.

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