Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! #4: 73 Manzanita Burls! - Fresh from CA

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-27-2013 02:46 AM 2921 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A shipment of 73 manzanita burls arrived at our shop today! – These unique anomalies of nature are going to be turned into anomalies of artwork. We’re not sure what we’re making yet, we won’t be sure until after we’re done with each burl.

There are a variety of sizes and shapes from what is called mini through large. We expect to get wine stoppers, pens, knife handles, cane parts, bowls, vessels, and who knows whatever we can think of to spin, carve, or fabricate.

This is zippy – a burl chunk that looks like a warted burl slug. So I named him and put this one in the camilian tank my girlfriend slipped into the house last week for her vermin. So – we’re down to 72 burls that will become actual projects!

The first turning began – we took a chunk and smoothed out the back and mounted it on a faceplate. I decided to work on creating a natural shape with a bowl cutout. I’m planning to polish

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 03:22 AM

Eric, looks like the start of another winner.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 11:24 AM

Wow, quite a shipment. I am waiting for a call right now to go into Islamabad to visit a wood shop. Hope something like this is around. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 05:04 PM


Looks like you guys are on a path of turning for awhile? LOL! The shipment must have cost a few bucks?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 02:00 AM

I’m curious what you find in Islamabad Doug!

Yeah this will keep me busy for a few days of turning.

Cost wise it was $496 for the burls and shipping, not really so bad. If I can’t turn this into $7 to 10,000 worth of turnings though with the time involved then it’s not worth it. I need this to be a profitable experience.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 02:11 AM

best of luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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