Well we got ourselves in about 800lbs of manzanita burl … root ball that is … California scrub tree … the golden state’s original ornamental wood.
I plan to spin these into an assortment of bowls. I was hoping for a bit wetter but it is what is is the state of CA is in a drought and this is drying out EVERYTHING! So working with this has been a little more challenging and beating me up more than I would like but the results are coming out beautiful!
And YES all with a scraper … I like my scraper what can I say with this stuff it works. When you see the rocks that pop out of this stuff it should be obvious why hitting one of those with a bowl gouge would be bad. Its not once and a while, its every one of them and it destroys tools. I have four chainsaw chains to sharpen now … and we had to buy the carbide nugget cutters. The gnarly ones with the 1/8” solid carbide chunks brazed to the metal wheel. They cut! I like them, but I have to setup behind a plywood shield and I need to bring my chainsaw chaps and vest to the shop this weekend to really be safe. But for now I lean over a 3/4” piece of plywood so if the grinder kicks it does not get ME.
Video and images are coming as the process progresses. There’s a ways to go but we are hitting the chainsaw hard, the grinders are grinding, the lathe is spinning. I have to get back on the camera more with the lathe two got turned and I don’t have any footage but we have a three camera shoot on the first one. I will get more on the rest.
In video production now is “Seven Bowls in Seven Minutes” and “Monster Manzanita – The Pallet Project”
Meanwhile we will share some images of the root balls … a short “Manzanita Chainsaw Madness Minute” ...
I’m looking forward to sharing the next wave of videos. As I learn more about editing and how to setup the shots they are really turning out great. The first two definitely had room for improvement. The next two will show what I’ve learned in both turning and video production.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com