Swirling patterns by cutting and reassembling a single board
Synopsis: Michael Shuler wanted to segment a single kind of wood in a bowl. He figured out a way to create a striking look in a turned vessel that didn’t require the use of several colored woods to achieve pattern and contrast. When finished, his bowls looks like they’ve been tediously glued up from hundreds of separate pieces. His process involves cutting thinly tapered wedged that are glued into discs. The wedges are glued into half-discs and then bandsawn apart into concentric half rings. Then matching pairs of half rings are glued together, stacked and glued into a cone-shaped bowl blank. Then he turns the vessel to final form and finish it on the lathe.
I’ve always been fascinated with turned forms, even before I knew what a lathe was. When I was 14 years old, I made miniatures on a makeshift lathe from birch dowels. A pocketknife…