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David Springett

Arrow Through Apple impossible object

Arrow Through Apple impossible object

This is an impossible object, the puzzle being ‘How was it made?’. The arrow is one piece of wood and is much too wide to be pushed through the small holes in the glass apple. The object was a gift from David Springett.

Arrow Through Bottle impossible object

Arrow Through Bottle impossible object

This is an impossible object, the puzzle being ‘How was it made?’. The arrow is one piece of wood and is much too wide to be pushed through the small holes in the glass bottle. The object was a gift from David Springett. To see how he made it refer to his book ‘Woodturning Wizardry’. The book was first published in 1993 by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, Lewes, East Sussex.

Wood Chinese Ball by David Springett

Wood Chinese Ball by David Springett

This is an example of an impossible object, because it is so hard to envisage how these balls within balls could be turned from one piece of wood. The puzzle is therefore ‘how is it made?’ The object is shown resting on a separate stand. This was a gift from skilled woodturner David Springett. David explains how such a piece can be made in his book ‘Woodturning Wizardry’. The book was first published in 1993 by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, Lewes, East Sussex.

Wood Spiked Star in Sphere on stand by David Springett

Wood Spiked Star in Sphere on stand by David Springett

This is an example of an impossible object, because it is so hard to envisage how this complex sphere with the star inside could be turned from one piece of wood. The puzzle is therefore ‘how is it made?’ The object is shown resting on a separate stand. This was a gift from skilled woodturner David Springett. David explains how such a piece can be made in his book ‘Woodturning Wizardry’. The book was first published in 1993 by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, Lewes, East Sussex.

Intriguing woodturned shapes

Intriguing woodturned shapes

These shapes, turned by David Springett, are examples of what can be achieved by mixing and matching different turned shapes using a turn-split-twist-rejoin technique. For details see David Springett’s book ‘Woodturning Full Circle’ published in 2008 by Guild of Master Craftman Publications Ltd, Lewis, BN7 1XU, England.

Interesting rolling shape turned by David Springett

Interesting rolling shape turned by David Springett

This was a gift from expert woodturner David Springett of Rugby in 2003. When rolled down a slope, the shape takes a drunken path. At first sight it is hard to see how such a shape could be turned. The answer is that a double cone is turned, split into two halves, and then one half twisted by 90 degrees before being re-joined. The key is to make sure that the section through the double cone is square. The piece is made out of Msaraka wood and finished in Carnauba wax (which comes from the Carnauba palm). For more amazing examples of what can be achieved by this turn-split-twist-rejoin technique, see Ref. no. N2272 and David’s book ‘Woodturning Full Circle’ published in 2008 by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, Lewis, BN7 1XU, England.

Sculpture made by David Springett

Sculpture made by David Springett

Materials: wood, ball bearings, magnets. This was a gift from David Springett to John & Anne Davenport circa 2013. For more information on this type of work see David’s book ‘Woodturning Full Circle’, published in 2008 by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, Lewes, England. The pieces are joined by magnets.