Stump Cuts

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Blog entry by Neightdogg posted 10-07-2010 04:49 PM 1889 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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.



-- Nathan

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 04:51 PM

Wow amazing wood

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 05:00 PM

ditto a1Jim … wowzers

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 06:56 PM

We think these stump pieces are pretty special too, and we should be cutting up a cherry stump this week. The hard part is figuring out who will want them.

-- Nathan

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 06:58 PM

I’m stumped!
I guess I’ll just say “nice wood!”

Can’t wait to see what becomes of it…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 10-08-2010 06:32 AM

Beautiful wood and idea. Why are you in Virginia and not closer to me??? I would want one, but i don’t know if people like me who are part time woodworkers could keep you in business buying a few a year. If the cost was affordable and shipping was not too bad, you could sell to turners. Others do it. I buy wood from N.C, Mich, Penn., and other places. I get a bowl blank and pay almost as much for shipping as for the blank. Your wood is much nicer than a normal blank. what are you looking at for price? It sounds like a bit of work to process the wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 10-08-2010 05:12 PM

Thank you for your response. The stump burl is a challenge to market however, as there are not many people out there producing this stuff, and I can find no pricing to bench mark against. We are pricing these large cuts of stump anywhere from $400 to $700. I am in the process of cutting some of the stump into round blanks that will be a bit more affordable, I hope to have some pictures of these on the our web site today.

-- Nathan

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