When it Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Always wanting to try new things, I decided to tackle a double-turned vase. I'm going to write a complete how-to for my upcoming new website, but in summary, 4 billets are arranged in a square just like a normal spindle turning. But then, they are reversed or arranged inside-out, so what will become the inside of the piece can be turned. This block is taped up at the ends to hold it all together and mounted on the lathe.
The inside profile is turned, being careful not to let the cut profile totally round the blank. After completing that step, the tape is removed, and the are returned to their inside-in arrangment and glued up.
After remounting the new blank on the lathe, the outside profile is carefully cut, slowly revealing the turned inside profile. When complete, the piece is a vase with a carved inside hollow that leaves everyone wondering, how did he do this?
Friday, December 05, 2003