Xylem Gallery

Ray Allen

Ray Allen made his living as a carpenter for 30 years before learning to turn wood. He discovered segmented turning in 1988, a method that incorporates many different pieces of wood into a single turned form. His vessels often include more than three thousand individual pieces of wood and required complex construction before being placed on the lathe. Allen based his intricate and geometric designs on Southwest Indian, prehistoric, and modern pottery.

Segmented Vessel by Ray Allen

"Segmented Vessel" 5-93

Maple, ebony, purpleheart, holly
3.75"h x 2"d


Sun God by Ray Allen

"Sun God #2" 12-93

Mixed woods
2"h x 22"d