Steven Reznek
A Different Way of Segmenting—Inlays Instead of Rings

Conventional segmented turnings stack n-sided rings and turn the stacked form.  Originally it modeled the Native American pottery of the Southwest, and now includes many different and fascinating forms. 

An alternative approach does not entail rings, rather either dados or “V” grooves are filled with splines or “V’s” of contrasting color.  This alternative allows a variety of forms that can emphasize curved lines.  It also can highlight the wood’s horizontal grain patterns.

The talk begins with a presentation on the various ways the inlays can be arranged.  Pictures of a wide variety of turnings highlight the differing patterns and shapes.  The presentation also outlines the techniques for cutting the dados or “V” grooves and the splines and “V” inserts to fill them. 

After the slide presentation, the demo assembles each of two flat forms on the lathe.  Finally the assemblies will be turned to final shapes.


Steven has been turning since 2001.  As a member of the Lexington Arts and Crafts society, he participates in their gallery displays and shows.  He also has sold through a number of Boston area galleries, including Handworks in Acton, the Cambridge Artists Co-op and the Christmas Sale at DeCordova Sculpture and Art Museum in Lincoln.

He has won first place for crafts several times in the Weston Society of Arts and Crafts annual exhibition.  He has had his pieces selected for special exhibition for each of the first three years the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has had its fall woodturning exhibition.

He is a member of Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART) and Central New England Woodturners (CNEW), chapters of the American Association of Woodturners.  He is also a member of Segmented Woodturners and has contributed several articles to More Woodturning Magazine.

His work tends to focus on what is termed “segmented” bowls and platters.  The techniques were originally developed by others and used stacked, segmented rings to make wooden replicas of the Indian pots of the Southwest.  He has extended his work to include new approaches using various types of inlays to create new patterns.

Like all wood workers, he is fascinated by the beauty and complexity or wood.  None of the woods he uses have been dyed or stained.  Rather he seeks out woods that, when combined in the inlays, contribute interesting textures and patterns.