Segmented Wood Sculpture – Art, Woodturning, Woodworking


Recently, a patron commissioned three sculptures
based on my recent most recent work. This is the second of the three. It is going to be very similar to Linked. Which is the piece I made for Artfields this
year. It is going to have a slightly different variation
though. I decided to try a different pattern with
the wood. I am using walnut and some maple that I got
recently. This maple has a bit of ambrosia in it. It looked really great. I do not know how many pieces I cut, over
1,000, I think. My friend Larry was using my lathe for the
entire day it took me to glue up almost 80 segmented rings. I could not get an accurate cut with my mitre
saw. I have to glue them up in half-rings and put
dowels between them. Once the glue dries, I sand the faces flat. Then, glue them together into whole rings. I needed to cut them into wedges. My solution was to glue them to a 2×4 and
run them through my bandsaw. I really like using rubber bands because they
are very versatile. Once my wedges were cut, I sanded the faces,
then started gluing them up. Once I had them glued up into groups of three, I realized that they were not quite cut at the right angle. I trimmed a little off on the bandsaw. I continued to glue them up. I also needed some straight pieces. The goal was to make what look like chain
links. Once I had them together in half-rings, they
still did not quite match up. I had to trip a little on the bandsaw. Then, I sanded the faces flat in order to
glue them into whole rings. In order to mount them to the lathe, I sanded
one side flat. Starbond Adhesives sent me a kit to try. I simply glued a waste block to one side so
I could mount it on my chuck. I am very impressed with how fast Starbond
works. I turned one side, testing it with a cardboard
template. I glued on another waste block to the other
side. I removed the first one with a chisel. I mounted it back on the chuck and did the
other side. Thanks to Uneeda for supplying the abrasives
I used for this project. Finally, I just knocked it off with a rubber
mallet. I protected it with a rag to not damage the
side. I carefully chiselled off the excess glue. Then, I sanded it smooth. Of course, I had to cut them in half. I had to sand the faces flat so I can get
a good glue up. I tested the fit. I realized that I needed another ring to go
in there. Luckily, I made a few extras. I continued to glue those up. Once the glue was dry, I glued them to waste
blocks with some CA glue. I mounted it on the lathe. Then, turned it into a cylinder. I checked the size with my cardboard template. I sanded it smooth then parted it with a parting
tool. Unfortunately, the ends were not square. I rigged up a little jig on my sanding table
so I could sand the ends square. I tested the fit. It looked good, so I glued them up. I put a little pressure on it for about a minute. Then, I used rubber bands to hold it together
and set it aside. Once the glue was dry, I tested the fit. Unfortunately, there were just slightly too
small to fit inside each other. I decided I was going to make spacers with
1/8 inch walnut. I cut them out on the bandsaw. I cut each of my links in half so I could
glue in the spacers. The spacer would be mostly hidden anyway once
the piece is all together. Again, once the glue dried… I spend a lot of time waiting for glue to
dry. I smoothed the glue joints with an angle grinder
and sander. Then, I finished it with lacquer. Of course, to get them all together, I had
to cut one in half, again. I tested the fit. It looked pretty good. This is the final glue up. It contains over 1,200 pieces of walnut and
maple. If you made it this far, thanks a lot for
watching. I really appreciate you coming back to Cammie’s
Garage.

23 comments

  • AhลŸap Kokusu

    very nice. you have a very good patience.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • Second life of wood-turning

    Cammie, how many hours did You spend making that sculpture? It is amazing. P. S. This time I was breathing ๐Ÿคช

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  • Pete Beardsley

    Hells bells! You have the patience of a saint sir. And probably shares in the wood glue factory! lol
    Great work once again sir, thanks for sharing.

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  • Fred McIntyre

    Awesome work Cam! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

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  • William Ellis

    Another beauty, Cam. I don't know how you do it. I wouldn't (don't) have that kind of patience. Could you have used a router with a flush trim bit to round those walnut spacers? The piece under it was already round.

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  • Mountain View Turning

    Another great video

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  • matteinho8

    Wow…very very very beautiful!!!

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  • ุงู„ุฌุจู„ ุงู„ุนุงู„ูŠ Bahoz

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿ’ฎ

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  • Farmercl's Woodshop

    Another great piece Cam! Wish I'd bought stock in rubber bands ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

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  • Pat Lap - Le PicBois

    So much work Cam! But thatโ€™s AWESOME!!! โ˜๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  • Michael Potase

    Another beautiful piece. Awesome content here. Note to self not to get in a rubber band fight with you.

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  • woodworking 220-7

    Pretty cool!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • Roscoe Biscoe

    So amazing Cam, next level stuff. Wow!

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  • Tim Porter

    I don't think Larry is real.

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  • Mark McCluney

    Even your editing is witty! But wasn't rather dangerous to spin a spiral on the lathe and risk falling into a hypnotic trance? I mean, anyone in the workshop could have forced you into their evil bidding. Or squawk like a chicken. If this happens will you make a video? In the meantime thanks for this wonderful display of skill and perseverance and I am under your control Master…

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  • Figments Made

    So very cool looking as always!

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  • baccattack

    Wow, that must have been a lot of man hours ๐Ÿ‘

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  • Billy Burt

    Cool, as per your usual, Cam!
    Billy

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  • ะะปะตะบัะตะน ะœัƒั…ะธะฝ

    Is this metaphysics ….. or space?๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • Kobie Kaasjager

    Cammie your work is absolutely amazing. I love watching you do it, I just have one complain the videos are to short I just start enjoying it, then it is all over.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿค—

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  • Benjamin Staublin

    Awesome project. Amazing work

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  • DSCRAFT

    Your sculptures are awesome! Love it. Watching it It gave me a lot of inspiration. Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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  • John R

    What is the angle cut? Iโ€™m going to try this.

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