Kim has been interested in fine woodworking for 30 years. In 2009 he discovered segmented wood turning and turned a hobby into a full time occupation. He starts out with a general size and shape then searches for a Native American symbol or design to anchor the piece. He then designs the rings and there sizes to complete the entire vessel.
His past experience working for an aerospace manufacture has aided him in his ability to use precision measuring devices to accurately cut and measure the segments. Precision is kept to width of a human hair to eliminate any hint of a gap between segments or rings.
Some segmented Woodturners indicate how many pieces there are in their vessels while Kim tries to make his vessels so you cannot count the number of pieces by keeping track of each piece and gluing them back in the same order they were cut so the grain pattern doesn’t have many interruptions in them.
Kim is self taught using only books on segmenting to point him into the right direction. Most of his approaches are somewhat unconventional, using machines such as routers and table saw techniques that most segmented turners normally don’t use.