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 www.artisansofthevalley.com