Click on the link above for instructions on How To Construct a Segmented Bowl/Vessel. The PDF document can then be printed at no cost. Hope you find the information useful and be sure to wear the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and at a minimum hearing and eye protection in the shop!
Let us know if you have additional questions.
I completed this settee for a client who requested it be made of walnut. It took me approximately 125 hours to construct and finish. I adapted Charles Brocks low-back chair plans to make the settee. The finish is Watco Oil with the last two coats being Watco’s DeftOil. Read more
Since my retirement, which started in July 2013, I’ve been busy in the shop making 3 Maloof inspired chairs and a desk with a Hawaiian Koa writing surface. This is the second time I’ve built this style of desk. I love the design! Two of the chairs and the desk are currently for sale at the Got Art Gallery downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Please contact me if you would like to commission either piece in a different wood spieces. Read more
“My name is Jesse Sheets from Lee Summit, Missouri. Below are a few projects I have completed with major help from your website. I am so thankful that you have posted the different process to design these. I am a woodworking teacher in Blue Springs, Missouri and I am teaching some student how to construct a segmented bowl. ”
Thanks Jesse, keep up the good work.
This project came from Mike Campbell, who teaches woodworking and woodturning in Morristown High School. Last year I found a picture of your stave bowl on a random google image search for segmented bowls. An 11th grade student of mine, Tyler, recreated it and I thought you’d like to see it. He also made the table the bowl sits on in the picture.
Interestingly we did not see your website where the build process is explained until last week, so he figured out how to build it just by looking at the photo. I have been reading over your website and I am impressed with your work, I especially like the adjustable stave sled.
Great work Tyler!
We’ve had a couple people contact us with concerns about using the Wagner Safe-T-Planer since it’s no longer on the market. In a couple of our videos, we use this planer on the drill press to flatten the top and bottom of the bowl after you glue the staves up.
I searched the web to see if I could find information about why the planer was discontinued and I didn’t really find anything. Read more
Since Steven Todd and I started this website several years ago, many have written or called with positive comments about its content. We really are just a couple of guys who have a passion for all forms of woodworking and wish to share it with others. Over the years some have sent photos of segmented bowls they’ve made using techniques learned from watching videos and/or reviewing the PowerPoints that have been posted on the site. In addition, some have taken a class or just stopped by the shop for a pointer or two. Usually, I learn as much from them as they do from me. Read more
If you believe strongly enough that woodworking is a worthwhile avocation; then take the time to encourage, instruct and nature the skills and knowledge in the young people you can influence. My grandson Tyler who is now seven loves spending time in the shop with his papa doing small projects which will someday have a major impact on his life. We started with making a wooden knife and gouge so that he could learn to whittle a boat out of a bar of soup. He carefully worked on that bar of soap until it took on a boat-like shape and then hollowed out the center with the wooden gouge. The whole process, including the making of the tools took about an hour. We both had a great time! In a couple of years he will be ready to use his whittling knife which is stored in his tool cabinet (see articles on Tyler’s Tool Cabinet on this website). Read more
Four gentlemen attended the second class I’ve taught on segmented bowl making this past weekend at Woodcraft Supply in Lenexa, Kansas. It was my pleasure to demonstrate the basics on how to design, construct and turn a segmented bowl. I’m pleased to report that all four completed their first segmented bowl. During the 16 hours of hands-on instruction and shop time we covered a great deal of information and related techniques used in making segmented bowls. According to the responses from the attendees, the class assisted them in demystifying some of the aspects of this form of woodworking. For me, it was fantastic to be the one given the opportunity to start another group off on their journey into segmented bowl making. However, the best thing was the chance to make four new friends who now share this passion we call woodworking. Read more
Segmented Class Group Photo August 2012 Click on this attachment to see photos and comments from the last group who took the class in August 2012.
On Saturday, February 2, 1pm-2pm, Jay Helland will demonstrate how to cut stave-type segments using a table saw and sled. If you’ve ever been interested in getting started making segmented bowls this would be a good time to see this part of the process in person. The videos on this website obviously don’t show every step of the procedure, nor give you the opportunity for Q & A. You can sign-up for the two-day class on segmented bowl making at Woodcraft, 8645 Bluejacket Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66214 or call 913-599-2800. Tuition for the two-day class is $195 per session.
I hope to see you at the Free Demo so mark your calendar.