What do we do with this WOOD?! #8: Blood Red Manzanita Burl - Another Cool Pending Project

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-17-2012 05:10 AM 3285 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: MANZANITA BURL ... ok really what do I do with this wood? Part 8 of What do we do with this WOOD?! series Part 9: Two Cherry Slabs and a Mulberry Spat! »

OK – this is a green Manzanita Burl 9” by 8” by 8” tall … just got it off eBay should arrive this week I guess! Thinking two bowls ??? IDK yet …

Sooner or later I gotta stop buying wood and actually make something out of it. OR do I ??? – we’ll see …

Of course someday all of this will appear in the projects section when we figure out what to do with this wood, and then go ahead an do it!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 05:16 AM

Chuckle , make something so you have room to buy more wood , of course .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 06:37 AM

When I first looked at it I was reminded of a fresh cut chunk of beef from the slaughter house.

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 07:35 AM

Yeah some interesting looks here lately – side of beef – YIUP … could pass at the right angle!

Dying to see what happens when we cut into it!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 04:37 PM

Greg said exactly what I was going to say. Yum—-beef!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 12:15 AM

Maybe you can turn a bowl that makes it look like its on fire.

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 08:42 AM

I have a chance to go dig up some of this. Make something to inspire me to go get it. I would probably try to slice it into box sides. If my wood doesn’t become a box, I have trouble deciding.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 07:38 AM

Waiting to get it in – I’m curious how to work with this material. New to me – need to see how green it is. Air dried for a while but they said it has some time to go. Not sure if we’ll turn it wet or see if we can get it put in a kiln or a while just yet.

Looking at the lathe attachments to cut out nested bowls. I hate to waste burl, these seem more logical then just scooping out mass sections.

My lathe actually got buried for a while, we took the bowl attachment off and tucked the whole setup in a corner of the shop we haven’t used it in years. Planning to spin it around and reassemble it with a few updated gadgets.

One of the things that amazes me about woodworking is it seems no matter how much experience you have, you still have a lot to learn. I can restore just about anything made of wood, IDK how many things I’ve even built and carved … but the burl turning world is entirely new to me!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 07:53 AM

Thinking of getting something like this …

Never used one before, turned a few round objects, never really got into vessels. Mostly did random small stuff or made small replacement parts for things.

Looking forward to trying something different. I love grain – patterns in the wood, natural imperfections, etc.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 08:47 PM

I’m very curious about manzanita, I’ve made a few things with green/dead trunks and branchs,scraping the live bark off with a knife which leaves the valleys and divots still red, let it dry in sun for a week or so.there r minor cracks it depends on ratio of green to dead more green means longer cracks.unless I spray clear kote on freshly scraped wood.I’m surrounded by white leaf and dr.hurd manz I think

-- hungry

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