Design Tools

April 24, 2020

The most common question I'm asked as a segmented bowl turner is, "Do you use software to design your bowls?" The answer is a resounding, "YES!" After the first attempt designing a piece with software, realizing the possibilities available, I was hooked. There are several programs out there that aid in designing segmented work. I would encourage anyone interested in segmenting to try them out. There is a learning curve, but once you spend some time learning the ins and outs of the program, the sky is the limit!

I freely share tips and techniques about my work, what wood I use, tools I use, and which software I use for each piece, if asked; what I don't share are the specific design renderings. I have dozens and dozens of designs/patterns I've accumulated over the years. I have almost as much fun in the design phase as I do the construction phase!

Regarding the programs I use, I alternate between Segment Pro and Woodturner Pro. They each have unique features that I find helpful in different situations. They aren't free, but they aren't expensive. If you are interested in either or both of these programs, please visit woodturnerpro.com for a complete rundown.