Segmenting can be described as taking wood boards, cutting them into little pieces, and regluing them back together into selected patterns. Most segmenting projects are done with both domestic and exotic woods to obtain the various colors needed to create patterns for the feature elements. Grain direction and grain pattern also play a large role in obtaining the desired outcome. After the pieces are glued back together, the assembly is machined on a lathe using hand held tools to get the desired shape. I do segmenting in two basic ways- closed segmenting (no air gaps between segments) and open segmenting (with air gaps between segments). Open segmenting is more advanced and creates a “wow” factor when seeing it for the first time.
Some of my latest projects involve designs reminiscent of Native American work, especially from the southwestern states. A trip into Arizona opened my eyes to the realization that their designs work well with my segmenting work. I hope that my work pays tribute to the wonderful craftsmanship and artistry of their beautiful baskets and pottery.
I also enjoy working with acrylics, creating fine writing instruments. While I still make some wooden pens and pencils, acrylics allow me to play with different color combinations. I have also experimented with molding my own custom pen blanks using polyester resins. Using a laser machine, I can also customize pen barrels and create custom labeled display boxes.
American Association of Woodturners
Segmented Woodturners Chapter of the AAW
International Association of Penturners
Midwest Penturners Gathering, Wadsworth Ohio, 2016, 2017
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg Tennessee, Segmented Woodturners Symposium, 2010
Self-taught since 2007
2017, People’s Choice Award, “Show Me the Money”, Huron Valley Council for the Arts
2012, Fowlerville Family Fair, First Premium, Woodturning
2012, Fowlerville Family Fair, Second Place, Woodturning