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Woodturning is a form of woodworking that is used to create wooden objects on a lathe. Woodturning differs from most other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while a (relatively) stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Many intricate shapes and designs can be made by turning wood.
There are two distinct methods of turning wood: spindle turning and faceplate turning. In spindle turning, the grain of the wood runs lengthwise, parallel to the bed of the lathe. In face plate turning, the grain of the wood runs perpendicular to the axis of rotation. Most bowls, platters and many vessels are face plate turned. Pens, furniture legs, spindles, and some vessels are spindle turned. It is the orientation of the grain that determines the method in use. Spindle turning is named for the type of product originally produced, while faceplate turning is named for an early method of attaching the material to the lathe.
The distinction between spindle turning and faceplate
turning is due to the fibrous nature of the material. When wood is cut in
such a way that the fiber being cut is not supported by the fiber below
it, it tends to separate and tear. This "tearout" exhibits a rough, highly
undesirable surface texture and greatly reduces the value of any product
exhibiting it. The direction of cut is different in spindle turning and
faceplate turning because cutting in the wrong direction can cause
tearout. Spindle turning cuts are made from high points toward the axis on
the outside of the piece, and from the axis toward the outside when
hollowing. When faceplate turning, the opposite applies.
Please visit our History of Woodturning page for more information.
Welcome to my Wood Turning Gallery. All works contained within are my own unique creations. When an item is purchased from this gallery, the new owner will see that it is signed with the pen name Scar and also dated. I classify the type of wood turning I produce as art, not intended for utilitarian use. I will, however, custom wood turn utilitarian vessels/bowls upon request. A visitor of my gallery will find a variety of pieces such as hollow forms, vases, decorative bowls and boxes, and my favorite sculptures which combine wood turning and mechanical wood carving. Other forms of embellishment such as wood burning, texturing, and piercing are also used. If a question arises about one of the wood turnings or techniques used or a price on an item, please feel free to contact me via the contact page.
I have always been interested in art. From a young age, I have been involved in some sort of art form. Acrylic and oil painting, carpentry, photography, jewelry, and hair are the medias I have worked in. Yes, I spent a decade as a hair stylist, which from my prospective, is an art form. Currently I am an integrated circuit designer via the use of cad programs. I consider circuit design an art form also, however governed by rules. Wood turning, on the other hand, and like most other media, has no rules governing what I can create; to me the possibilities are endless.
I was introduced to wood turning in the summer of 2002 during a ten week sabbatical by my good friend Sean Troy. Sean invited me to an AWA monthly meeting in August of that summer. Thats all it took: one wood turners' meeting and I was hooked. The following day I was purchasing my first wood turning lathe and related accessories.
There were, however, some basics I had to learn about wood turning; and the best resource for this information is through wood turning associations. I am currently a member of the AWA (Arizona Woodturners Association), AAW (American Association of Woodturners), OTI (Ornamental Turners International), SOT (The Society of Ornamental Turners). The AWA is my local wood turning association and the AAW is a national/international level organization in which the local is nested. There are benefits to becoming a member beyond just information exchange. Please visit both websites for these associations found on my links page for more information. The remaining associations OTI and SOT are associated with members interested in ornamental woodturning. Ornamental woodturning involves the use of wood turning pattern- generating machines which are a touch more complex than the basic wood turning lathe. I own a Charles Field Rose Engine circa 1925. A simpler form of ornamental wood turning can be practiced with this type of machine as opposed to the much more complex and expensive Holtzapffel ornamental lathe. Links to more information about ornamental wood turning and other woodturning artists are also located on my links page.
Enjoy your visit looking through my woodturning gallery or as some might say, fine art wood turning gallery. Wood Turned Art makes a wonderful gift for yourself or someone special. If you have a certain/special shape in mind, contact me via the contact page and lets see if we can make something that is unique to you. Feel free to come back to my wood turning gallery as often as you like. Gary Scarpulla
Information: Ornamental turning has been practiced for over 400 years. But, the history of turning goes back much farther than that. The art of plain turning is known to have been practiced for at least 3500 years, with gradually increasing improvement from simple woodturning devices to modern engineering. 1500 years before the birth of Christ, Egyptians were using simple lathes. The wood lathe is without question the oldest machine. Interestingly (for the philosophical turners among us - are there any who aren't?) the lathe is also the only machine capable of reproducing itself, although modern computers are beginning to approach that capability. (For an interesting digression, see the article by Simon Schaffer on the alliance of OT manufacturers, particularly Holtzapffel, with Charles Babbage. Mr. Babbage, of course, developed the world's first analytical engine, the first mechanical computer. Holtzapffel helped make it happen.) The lathe made possible the production of the required precision parts used in steam engines and later, electric motors. Without the invention of the lathe, no Industrial Revolution could have occurred. Others may argue that certain other mechanical contrivances were equally as important to mankind's progress, but most of those contrivances were probably made in whole or in part on a lathe. Lathes are even capable of producing music! (the armonica.)
Egyptian tombs contain turned artifacts, and some
turners in today's third- world countries still turn wood using the
techniques supposed to be used back in the dim dawn on woodturning
history. This technique is essentially pulling a cord wrapped around work
(supported between two fixed centers) back and forth, thereby rotating the
work so a sharp-edged cutter could be applied. This was often a two-man
Woodturning Gallery 2008-2015