Demo on August 7, 2010

Hands-on in two day, and general demo on Aug 7th: location here.


From Malcolm: (His website)

Teaching "segmented turning" is a real challenge, especially to a group with a large variance in experience (none to a lot).  


In my all-day demo, I use a lot of PowerPoint and some video to give an overview of the various techniques and methods of work.  


I break-up the computer slide lectures with "live" mini demos such as designing a vessel, cutting segments, gluing rings together, and assembling rings into a vessel form.  I don't try to construct an entire vessel from scratch.  


For experienced segmenters, some of the material will be pretty basic, but even with the basic stuff, there's usually something to be learned.  


I have two main objectives: to inspire the non-segmenter to give it a try and to help the experienced segmenter create better and more diverse work.


Regarding a specific agenda, I cover topics such as: designing, cutting segments, sanding segment ends, gluing rings together, how to flatten a ring for stacking, the importance of good form, and basic turning techniques.


segmentedUsing slides, I go through the process of creating many different styles of features rings.  I discuss topics such as ribbons, tubular construction, and sculptural symbolism.  

Basically, it's a jam-packing, high-paced, presentation.  Some attendees will probably walk away afterwards shaking their heads saying "that's not for me."  Others will be racing back to their shops not wanting to wait in order to attempt some things.  That's just the way it is.  


I could spend all day and just create a simple segmented turning, but I'm afraid that most attendees would fall asleep by lunch time - sort of like watching some one do a deep hollow turning from start to finish for three hours.



Regarding the "hands on" session, the fact that it has to precede the club demo makes it very awkward.  

segmentedUsually, I have the ability to "build upon" the material offered in the club demo.  Doing it backwards will not be so much of a problem for the experienced segmenter, but the beginner will be a bit overwhelmed.  


Based upon previous correspondence, I'm guessing "ribbon" construction will be the main focus during the "hands on" day.  But the day does not have to be limited to just ribbons.  


If an attendee simply wishes to practice assembling rings, then they should be able to do that.  I'm flexible so that a variety of techniques can be explored depending upon the interest of the attendees.  The goal is to share techniques and methods; it's not to send everyone home with a completed project.  Regarding lathes, three or four should be sufficient.  Sometimes, attendees bring completed turnings in order to discuss and/or critique.  I'm happy to critique work, but only when invited to do so.