In wood turning there is a constant search for unique wood that will catch the eye and set a bowl or platter apart. The crotch, where a limb meets the main body of the tree, is a great place to find figured wood. When a limb forces its way in between growth rings, it causes a ripple in the surrounding wood like a pebble landing in water. The stump section of the tree is totally unique because the entire network of roots come together at one point, creating figure and beauty that can only be found underground.
With this in mind, we here at Pace Custom Sawing were determined to uncover a diamond in the rough- the stump burl. This particular stump is black walnut. Although the end product is very beautiful, it began the process covered with dirt and rocks, and that combination is sure to dull or break any cutting tool you throw at it. So we set off with a power washer, cleaned around the roots and then cut them off with a chainsaw, only to reveal new pockets of dirt and rocks to be cleaned off. Once we had the stump clean, we were ready to put it on our bandsaw mill and cut slices between four and seven inches thick, ready to be turned into a work of art.