What do we do with this WOOD?! #11: Moving The Redwood Burl Table Along ...

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-17-2012 03:52 AM 8356 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Moving along with our redwood burl project – we decided to put in some interesting butterflies along the crack lines. Mike’s been working on that effort – obviously we sanded the top a bit to get a good look at the surface.

Thinking we dye the edges black and we’ll be casting a nice concrete base of some form of interesting shape or another for it. Epoxy and tung oil finish is likely in order. Gotta put the epoxy on redwood to strengthen it, too soft otherwise to be durable!

More on this project soon …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 04:14 AM

I like Mikes unique bow ties

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 02:19 PM

That’s one sweet slab of Redwood.

Uber spin on the Bow Ties, swirilin’ and swayin’ with the grain, nice accent.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 02:43 PM

Awesome piece of wood! Looks like you have a great way to show it off. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 03:33 PM

yea the redwood is one beautiful hunk of wood, i dont know if i could concentrate on a game, i might be looking to much at the wood …lol…...its a beauty…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 05-06-2012 04:42 PM

Just joined the party. I’m envious! LOL! Will be following your ad-venture. Stopped awhile back on a restoration you posted and today on your contemporary table. Looks like your family understands, and appreciates wood?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 11:54 PM

My Cannon 50D took a mud bath with me on a 4 wheeling expedition – it’s out for R&R (Repair & Restoration) ... we’re into finishing this redwood table (it’s more a root ball really than a burl … but … still it’s got a LOT going on in interesting ways)

We’ll post photos ASAP … the butterflies are done and we’re into the finishing faze. We got really got the contrast to stand out without it turning black! The edges however – WOW turned a deep rich black in areas with a golden brown in others. GREAT contrasting detail. The bottom we let go almost black but it’s mostly covered by the base anyway.

The piece is debuting this weekend so we’ll hopefully have photos soon. I’ll have some friends w/ good cameras take some this weekend. I hope to have my camera back to do a product photo shoot soon.

This piece was a GREAT find … the whole project is really coming together very nicely. The mulberry splat is OUTSTANDING also – more than we anticipated and it’s just simply a one-of-a-kind piece. These are pieces I am tempted to keep … but alas we’ll put them on the auction/gallery block and out for purchase! Gotta make a living!

Yeah “wood appreciation” runs in the family!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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