In previous articles I have covered the cutting and preparing of wood for turning on a lathe. Now its time to move on, and this article covers mounting wood on a lathe. The mounting of wooden blanks for lathe turning seems a pretty rudimentary topic. Possibly so mundane its not worth mentioning. Ultimately what’s important, and where I want to get to, is mounting wood on a lathe for small opening natural edge vessels. If your familiar with the basics then go ahead and jump to the section on jam chucking.
I primarily turn sculptural hollow vessels and turned wooden urns and these are the techniques I use every time I turn one of these projects. Since small opening vessels are more difficult to turn I am going to cover the basic methods for attaching wood to a lathe and move to less obvious mountings for shaping and turning vessel bottoms.
Mounting Wood between centers