A FLAIR FOR THE SOUTHWEST
Creating these segmented bowls required lots of planning.
SHOP OWNER: Richard Erickson
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA
My segmented bowls are Southwestern Pueblo Indian designs. So, red, black and white are the colors I use most of the time. I use padauk and bloodwood for the reds, ebony for the black, and maple or holly for the white. Because of my limited space, I use a Craftsman Pro lathe, a Craftsman sliding compound miter saw, a Delta bandsaw, and a DeWalt planner. I built my own 18" drum sander so I could handle compound miters up to six inches high.
I buy many rubber bands for clamping all the small pieces together. My bowls run 8 to 14 inches wide and from 2 to 14 inches high. Ring count goes from 3 to 21 so far. Piece count is from 85 to well over 400. I spend more time drawing and planning than I do turning because of the cost of the woods I use. I want a pretty good idea of how to cut before I start the saw. Sometimes I get very lucky.. . . Richard Erickson
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