Rimmed Burl Bowl

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Thought you’d enjoy the beauty of this Red Morrell burl bowl. This one is about the best looking burl I have seen. The pics never seem to do these pieces justice. The grain on this bursts out at you up close!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 03-07-2009 03:13 PM

That’s a great piece. Just a quick question- what made you offset the “bowl” into the sapwood? Looks like it would have also fit in the red part?

-- Steven

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#2 posted 03-07-2009 04:10 PM

Great bowl and I kinda like the offset. It gives it an artistic flair.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 03-07-2009 04:11 PM

That’s amazing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-07-2009 06:10 PM

That’s great.
Do you have more pictures from other angles?

-- R

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#5 posted 03-07-2009 06:11 PM

To Steven: Thanks for the comment. As I think back to the decision regarding sizing the rim, I remember that I wanted the rim to be as large as I could get it. The offset was based in part on where the center needed to fall based on the thickness of the burl. On a burl cap, the “back” is domed, but the high point is rarely in the middle of the piece. So, to center the piece in the chuck (in the middle of the piece) often reduces the depth of useable burl. So, its a mix of technical challenges and the preferences of the artist coming together to form the finished work. I guess the scale of the piece felt better with the rim intersecting the sapwood. That’s what I love about art. Every artwork has attributes that we all view a bit differently.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 06:37 PM

Hi all, and thanks for the interest. Here are a few other pics of the raw blank and the back. I don’t have any other useful angles on the face (Sorry Rod)





-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#7 posted 03-08-2009 12:00 AM


love the offset
and love the underside.
VERY artistic! Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 03-08-2009 05:32 AM

That is truly stunning. I absolutely love the grain. You do a great job with your finish as well…what is your finish process on this piece?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 03-08-2009 07:06 AM

a real beauty. Love it.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 03-08-2009 05:57 PM

So that is what it looks like in there. My lumber store has some of those but I have not bought any yet. Would not be able to do what you do, but cool wood. You really bring out the beauty of the wood. Fantastic to the extreme! Incredible!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 03-08-2009 06:05 PM

That’s gorgeous!

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#12 posted 03-08-2009 09:20 PM

very nicely done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 03-09-2009 01:32 AM

Very stunning. I just love these burls.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 03-16-2009 07:11 AM

What do you use for the finish on your burls?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 03:03 AM

Oh my lord I love this !!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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