Monday, February 27, 2012

Chai: Work In Progress

Scott does love a challenge!

And he has lots of ideas. So when the Segmented Woodturners chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (man, that's a mouthful!) issued its winter challenge contest, it was just a matter of choosing the best design that he had percolating.

The challenge is all about a feature ring, and just a feature ring. This is what Scott entered:

The feature ring "features" bubinga, black walnut and maple.

 Pretty awesome, isn't it?

Not that Scott would ever stop with just a feature ring.

Here's a glimpse of the full vessel, but keep in mind it's still a work in progress, needing more sanding as well as finish, which will really make the wood grains pop.

For non-woodworkers: the bottom of the vessel still has the wood circle attached that is used to attach it to the chuck on the lathe. I think. Don't hold me to the details. ;-)

Isn't it gorgeous? For the curious, the ring around the top is wenge, the rest of the bowl (other than the feature ring) is black walnut and maple.

This view gives you a peek inside!

There are 343 pieces in 20 segmented layers, including the solid black walnut base and the top ring of wenge, comprising 18 pieces apiece, hence the piece's name, Chai. 

Scott is considering doing some similar pieces with different wood combinations. I'm pushing for purpleheart. What would you like to see?


  1. Wonderful stuff!!! Congrats and good luck with the new business.

  2. Thanks, Sherril! Keeping our fingers crossed!