Gallery: Multi Axis Work

Gallery: Bowls and Vessels



Multi Axis Paper/Teaching Tools




Gallery: A PROGRESSION OF Multi Axis Work

Multi axis turning is created by turning shapes using more than one axis on a lathe.
These ideas allow one to turn asymmetrical
spindles on the lathe and between centers. (Spindles turned on the lathe
traditionally produce symmetrical and round objects.)

This gallery includes a progression of the exploration of multi axis spindles. The more recent work is on the top.





I made the totum this Fall, 2017. It is eastern cedar and is 6 feet tall. The 3 posts are also cedar.



In the fall of 2017, I was interested in turning table legs for slabs of wood. Split turnings are perfect for this, as large pieces of wood can be turned resulting in multi axis forms. Multiples are made and the lathe is balanced, making turning much easier.



Recently, I've been playaing with small discs. The axes are changed by using the tenon in the 4 jaw chuck. The Holy is a perfect wood for these forms. They are about 3" in diameter.


round form

This is smaller and made to be held or to be shown as a sculpture.


tall sculpture

I am exploring how large I can create off center sculpture. (Spring 2016)



I decided to isolate an element and explore size andd other variables. (Spring, 2016)



Last winter, 2015, I made this. It gave me ideas to explore.



I have decided that nature makes the best multi axis elements! Summer, 2015


Each piece on the above sculpture is turned on 6 axes and attached with a copper wire. The sculpture can be manipulated to create varrious forms. It is 15" tall.

Mu;ti axis



These scupltures were turned in April of 2014. Rude Osolnic gave me a demo piece of his candle stick in the 90's . It has been hanging in my shop for many years. He told me to find an elegant form and to keep it simple!!! I should have listened to him!!


Three MA Sculptures

This is called "Cluck, Clook, Click" referencing the sounds made in the ancient language of the early caveman inhabitants of Ethiopia. The walnut scuplture on the left is one of a split turning, the cherry sculpture is made on 3 axes and the holly scuopture is also made on 3 axes between centers on the lathe.



This sculpture is 17 inches tall and made of holly. It was made in November of 2013.


snow people

These snow people were made on 2 axes.



I've discovered that I am an experimental turner. Well, maybe I've known that for a while!!


Moon Unfolding

This was made while contemplating an exhibit at Arrowmont "Light of the Moon'. It is 12"T x 3" Square. I did not get into that show, but it started hours of exploration of the idea of alternating beads.





Harmony, 4.5"W X 4.5"L X 5"T, Spalted Holly, 12/24/2012

This is one piece of wood made by using 2 axes. It is an idea I had in 2005, but made on a completely different scale. It was inspired by an invitation to the AAW Exhibit in 2013, "Harmony".


These walnut candle holders are the only successful forms that I found by random exploration. I made them in 2005. They became the basis for "Harmony", the piece above.



sculpted cups


These cups are made by using the tenon to change the axes randomly. They are about 5"T


multi axis cups

These cups are an example of how the size of the wood changes the design of the object. Notice the twists, which are in opposite dirrections.

3"W X 2.75" T, 5/2012


candle holder

This candle holder is turned between centers with very little carving. It is 13.5" T and 3" square, made of Red Oak. 12/2011



3 Pots

These 3 squar-ish turnings were turned between centers on at least 4 axes in March, 2011.


Multi axis forms

Turned in January 2011..I'm continuing to focus on forms that are turned between centers with little carving. The tallest is 8"by4"by2"; the other is 7"by3"by2".


Tea Set, Mulberry

Multi axis Mulbery Tea Set, January, 2011


tea pot

Tea Set; Multi Axis; Holly: 10.5Tx5Wx4D, November, 2010



sugar bowl



Sugar Bowl with 6 sides and a carved spoon; 5Tx3.5W, 2010

cookie jar

Cookie Jar; Multi Axis with 6 sides; Holly; 7.5Tx4.5W, 2010



tea pot

The first experiment with this type of multi axis turning, October of 2010 I was inspired by the tea pot that Art liestman had made using a technique called therming. I wondered if I could make a squar-ish turning between centers.



pepper mill

salt and pepper

Salt and Peper (2009)



Candle Holders, Split Turnings

June, 2011

new candle holders 4


new candles 2





candles facing 2

New Split turnings, 21" T , June 2010

These Holly Candleholders were made in November of 2009. They are 21" tall. It took me a month to figure out how to make these again! They are split turnings that are finished on 2 different axes. I realized that I did not have to go to the center axis to finish a piece!!!

cherry goblet and candle holders

These were made in 2009 and were finished on the center axis of each spindle.




three in

"intimate or not"
ash and lacewood (2009)

These were the first pieces that I had made using a new axis to finish the piece.






I wanted to turn larger pieces. In 2009 I started experimenting with split turnings. Split turnings are balanced, so larger pieces of wood can be easily turned.

A split turning is made of 2 or more pieces of wood glued together and strapping tape is used on each end to keep the wood together, thus, creating one piece of wood. This glued up piece is then placed between the centers of the lathe and turned. The pieces are then split apart and rotated and then glued together again and turned. This allows one to turn multiples and to turn larger pieces of wood, since split turnings are balanced. Inside out turnings are split turnings that are then glued together to make an object.

The image above shows four squared of wood that have been turned on all four sides. I use hot glue to secure the four pieces together and then use strapping tape to wrap around each end. I have found that using a clear plastic square with a hole drilled in the middle helps keep the pieces together. This plastic is hot glued to the top of each piece of the wood. And hot glue has been used to secure to four prong drive in the headstock.




I then realized that I could turn the three pieces (stem, cup and base) on many axes! (2008-9)



These are the first goblets I made (2007-8). The stems have mutiple axes. The bases and the cups are turned on one axis.



In 2006, I started exploring multi axis turning by making hundreds of spindles and figuring out what they had in common!