Working with Burls #2: Carving a Cherry Burl

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Blog entry by JPNpro posted 12-05-2011 01:29 AM 2560 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy this week working. So my burls haven’t got alot of attention since I piled them up. We’ve also been getting alot of rain. Since it’s so wet I’m going to paint the exposed sides next week. I think I have some old exterior latex paint in the shop that should work. I have never worked with burls but I’m excited to do it. I’ve always admired the terrific figure. To me the natural beauty of the wood could stand on it’s own. I’m always surfing the internet looking at all the spectacular specimens I can find on woodworking websites and the like. The opportunity to research the different wood species and charateristics is interesting and I’m always embracing the opportunity to learn more about woodworking to be the best woodworker I can be. However at this point I don’t think I will get too technical about the wood. I might say something like this is a Black Cherry burl.. it takes about a year to dry in the upper midwest…it looks great finished with 10 coats of gloss lacquer or a danish oil…if i leave it in my shop while i’m working for a a week it should be temporarily sealed to prevent quick drying which leads to excessive cracking.. add your thoughts here.

Ok so I picked out one of the smaller burls and brought it in the shop. I’ve been staring at it, and I’m one of those guys that sees the object in the wood and just has to get it out. Sometimes how a knot or a branch looks is all it takes to say hmmm there’s a owl in there or hey there’s a old man staring out at me. My idea for this burl is to carve it since i don’t have a lathe yet..i’m searching but haven’t found anything i really like for a good price… I thought I’d carve it into a free form bowl with a old mans face in the bottom of the bowl. I’m gonna start hacking away at the inside today.


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#1 posted 02-26-2012 10:56 PM

Ooh, awesome piece of wood! Makes you want to go buy a lathe!

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