Turners often look at chunks of wood and envision what designs they can coax out of the piece.
And then there is segmented turning. By gluing together properly angled blocks of wood into rings and then stacking those rings of different diameters, wood turners can create a staggering variety of pieces with intricate designs.
This site offers tutorials on how the process works, software that allows the woodworker to design their piece and free plans for handy jigs to help build the project. Draw inspiration from a gallery of turned pieces and even purchase kits of precut wood to get started quickly.