fine and functional art
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David H. Bettinghaus
Geneva, IL
David was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.  Moving to Geneva in the late 1970s, he
started the hobby of woodworking, specializing in “flat work” such as furniture and
decorative boxes.  An article featuring Ray Allen (Wood Magazine, Feb 1999) sparked an
interest in segmented turning.  Originally used as a way to utilize scrap wood, it quickly
evolved into the current obsession.  “I think I was drawn to segmented turning by, not
only the use of all of the woodworking disciplines, but also the unlimited possibilities of
design, color and texture involved in the pieces.”  David is the Midwest Sales Manager
for a small manufacturing firm providing materials to the natural gas industry.  He
currently resides in Geneva with his wife, Louise and their children Katherine and Jacob.
David's One Man Show opening on
June 8th
Show runs through June 30th at Gallery 28!
About Segmented Turning...
Segmented turning is turning on a lathe where the initial workpiece is composed of multiple glue-together parts.  
The process involves gluing several pieces of wood to create patterns and visual effects in turned projects.  
Segmented turning is also known as polychromatic turning.

In addition to design skills, segmented turning demands precision woodworking skills, as well as, turning skills.  
Design and construction of a blank – the wood piece mounted on the lathe for turning a vessel – requires angled
miter joints cut to tolerances of as little as one tenth of one degree or better.

Rings are created by cutting wedge shaped pieces at such an angle that when joined, form a concentric circle.  
These circles are then stacked into a blank to be turned to its final shape.  A painter will build a frame, stretch the
canvas and paint their picture.  In building the blank, a segmented turner does it all in one step.  An incredible
variety of visual effects and shapes can be achieved as a function of how the blank is constructed.

Segmented turning is a tedious, time consuming form of turning, however, the endless possibility of design and
art, make it well worth the effort.
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Inverted Rim Bowl
Segmented Turning - 11 1/2" Dia. x 6 1/2" H


Hollow Form
Segmented Turning - 8" Dia. x 7" H

Birch, Walnut and Spalted Maple

Hollow Form #99
Segmented Turning - 12" Dia. x 2" H

Mahogany, Walnut and Spalted Maple

Segmented Turning - 8" Dia. x 4" H

Oak and Poplar

Hollow Form Vase
Segmented Turning - 7 1/2" Dia. x 7 1/2" H

Cherry and Poplar