24 Aug. 1988|
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Kevin is a master of segmented woodturning and he showed me that his pieces are made from many small blocks of wood cut at precise angles, and glued up in stacked ring segments. An advantage of segmented woodturnings over turning solid wood is that you aren’t limited by the size of the wood.
Computers have simplified the process and Kevin wrote and sells his own miter angle software to minimize calculation errors for segmented woodturning designs.
Like other woodworking artists I’ve interviewed, Kevin is passionate about the material of his craft. And since small pieces are used, it’s a brilliant opportunity to reclaim and recycle wood.
Kevin pointed out that most wood species are in shades of brown and may have gorgeous grain but not striking color. But glance at his elegant turned wood vessels and you’ll agree that he must have aced an art class or two. He said, “Many of the most colorful or contrasting woods don’t have pronounced grain. Although he had never used one before, he quickly taught himself the technique and perfected his skill through trial and error until he was able to create the beautiful wooden pots he makes today. Crandall lives with his wife in New Mexico, and in addition to his wood-turning success, he is also an accomplished photographer.
Once multiple rings have been created they must be glued together and smoothed into a uniform shape on a wood lathe. Once the pot is smoothed into its final form, the finishing touches are made by sanding and varnishing the pot, allowing the natural colors of the wood to stand out in intricate design.