Red Oak Burl turning #2

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Blog entry by oscorner posted 06-22-2007 03:56 PM 1871 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought that I would post this burl that I turned on my homemade lathe when it was driven by my 1/2” variable speed drill. It was held between the two 3.5hp gutted motors and had to be turned slowly because it was not balanced. I used a Fostner bit and chisel to make the hole in the top.

Some of my family said that they see a squirel in this view of the piece. What do you think?

Here is the other side.

I left the bark on this piece because I felt that it added character to the overall piece.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 06-22-2007 04:07 PM

Wow Mark, you did that on a home made lathe. Truley amazing, whats even more so is how beautiful it is. That is a gorgeous hunk of burl and you were right on leaving the bark on the one side. I see the squrrel too.Man buddy you’re turning into quite the turner. I think it’s time you invested in a real lathe. Great Job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 06-22-2007 04:17 PM

Thanks, Mike. What do mean a real lathe? LOL. I’ve got two:


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 06-22-2007 04:34 PM

yah. definitely see the squirrel
Love that bark :)
Very unique. Love it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 06-22-2007 05:16 PM

I see the squirrel as well. That’s a nice hunk-o-burl! I like the way the bark adds to the figure in the wood.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-22-2007 08:12 PM

Sweet!...I see the squirrel..of course I also see a heavy bearded beatnik catching a grape he just threw in the air….think of the weird guy in the scooby-doo cartoons at 50….:)

Very nice….I need to try doing this…everyone seems to be turning but me….:(

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 06-22-2007 08:29 PM

I think most turners will agree that it is relaxing and fun. They will also tell you that you can sink a lot of money just in turning, but what else are you going to spend it on? LOL. Turning green wood is the funnest, even though you get soaking wet. Just look at these shavings:

I would get such a long running shaving that it would pile up on my arms to where I couldn’t see the wood anymore, so I would have to stop and drop my arms so the shavings could fall to the floor. It was great!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 06-22-2007 09:49 PM

Is it fair to say that most turners have more than one lathe? I have 2.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 06-22-2007 09:58 PM

nice chunk of wood. I think multiple lathes is appropriate.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#9 posted 06-22-2007 10:40 PM

You’ve got two hands….why not two lathes? LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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