Welcome to Dennis Keeling's web-page.
Dennis is a furniture maker and one of the few segmenters in the UK - turners that specialise in segmented turning. He has been turning since he was 9 years old. However, after a lapse of many years he only started turning again in 1997. He started to specialise in segmented turning after spending a week with Bud Latven in 2003 and started to experiment with open segment turning in 2004 after meeting Jerry Bennett.
He regularly writes articles for Woodturning magazine and has been commissioned by GMC, the publishers of Woodturning, to write a book on segmented turning. The book entitled 'Segmented Turning - a practical guide' has been published by GMC in the UK, Taunton Press in the USA and Editions Vial in France. It is now available for purchase directly - click here
Dennis completed a Masters Degree in Furniture Design at Bucks New University, High Wycombe - the National School of Furniture in 2012. He was awarded a distinction for his work on the 'Owl Adjustable Rocking Chair' - a world's first.
He was a Director of the Association of Segmented Wood Turners, and a member of the Association of Woodturners in GB (AWGB), the Middlesex Woodturners Association (MWA), the Society of Ornamental Turners (SOT), and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).
He has won many awards for his work at various international competitions including:-
. The Worshipful Company of Turners
. The International Woodworking Exhibition, Alexandra Palace
. Woodex, Kenilworth
. Irish Guild of Turners - Killarney, 2011
. International Design Awards, 2012
He undertakes demonstrations on segmented turning techniques both in the UK and USA. He presented at the 2nd Segmenting Symposium in Tennessee, USA in November 2010 and the 3rd segmenting Symposium in Lake Tahoe, USA in November 2012. He was a guest presenter at Axminster's Strictly Wood Turning in November 2012. He demonstrated at the Irish Guild of Woodturners Symposium on 27-29th September 2013, in Sligo, Eire. He will be demonstrating at the 4th Segmenting Symposium in San Antonio, Texas in October 2014.
In order to promote the wider use of segmented turning, Dennis has produced a 45 minute video explaining the techniques used to construct two different types of segmented bowls - a trailer for the video is shown below. This is an introductory video using basic segmented construction techniques. It is ideal for the amateur turner wanting to explore segmented turning for the first time.
Open Segment Turning
For his open segmented turning, Dennis uses the SegEasy templates. These were so costly to import from the USA that he now buys them in bulk to resell them himself in Europe - far cheaper and quicker than importing them individually. The range has recently been extended from the small 8-11 to the new giant sized 24-4 with a 295mm diameter.
For more information about purchasing these templates directly - click here