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Rigoberti Santos is known as a master 'segmented wood-turner, he turns out just a few but beautiful pieces every year. His shop is just east of San Francisco, near his home, and he prefers to spend every spare moment creating there.

 

By gluing different types  and colors of pieces of wood together into layers and forming a rough shape out of them, different patterns emerge when turned on a lathe. Bowls or other shapes become vessels for patterns and images within the finished bowl, vase or other object. It's time consuming and requires years of experience, and Rigo's work is very collected and celebrated. 

Rigoberti Santos
Rigoberti Santos

Portrait of Rigo Santos in his shop in the east bay.

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Rigoberti Santos portrait
Rigoberti Santos portrait

Rigoberti Santos examining his product

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Rigo Santos Samples
Rigo Santos Samples

Some works in progress and samples in the shop of Rigo Santos

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pieces by Rigo Santos
pieces by Rigo Santos

Some pieces of Segmented wood turning by Rigo Santos

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Rigo Santos turnings in progress
Rigo Santos turnings in progress

Turning projects in progress

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Samples of Rigo Santos
Samples of Rigo Santos

The work of Rigo Santos in his shop

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Rigo Santos