Gabe Sauls Redwood Burl Plate

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SHOP OWNER: Gabe Sauls
LOCATION: Oklahoma City, OK

    I am a 66-year-old retired Captain from the Oklahoma City Fire Dept. My wife Darlene and I each have two children, two boys and two girls in all.
     Although I have been involved in woodworking most of my life, it wasn't until about two years ago that the turning bug bit me hard. Now that's about all I want to do.
     I turn on a General 260-20 VD lathe, and it is a good machine. My shop is a double-car garage.
Gabe Sauls Blackwood Vase


    The redwood burl plate (above) is 14 in. in diameter and turned to 1/4-in. thickness. I finished it in satin lacquer. If you look closely where the wood changes colors, there is a facial silhouette, which I found interesting. All my finishes are either oil or lacquer.

    The small vase (right) is African Blackwood with only a coat of wax and no other finish, as the wood will take an excellent polish.
Gabe Sauls Spalted Maple Vessel


     The spalted maple closed form (left) has a neck of Macassar Ebony segmented so the wood grain is continous around the opening with the accompanying lid.
Gabe Sauls Pink Myrtle Colsed Form
     The closed form (right) is Tiger-Striped Pink Myrtle, turned to 1/4-in. thickness. The picture doesn't do justice to the beautiful wood color and figure.
Southwest Segmented Bowl


     And last but not least is the "Southwest Bowl" at left. I used walnut, maple, mahogany and padauk for the construction.
     I love to turn about anything, but I really like segmented work. I have taken a couple of classes from Jacques Vesary and Stuart Batty, both of whom I admire and have been a big influence on me. They certainly set a lofty goal to shoot for.

. . . Gabe Sauls



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