Dat gum Platypus but not the Duck Bill kind.

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Project by Neil Davis posted 05-13-2015 06:35 PM 814 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During a trip to South Central Australia I visited an individual that was selling various types of wood on eBay so I purchased 65 different types of wood from him. He was an Arborist that would sell the wood that he cut down for folks. He said that this was Platypus Gum Burl, which is a type of Eucalyptus tree. The base of this project is made from African Purple Heart that I obtained from a military base in Kuwait. They were chipping the purple heart for ground cover so I snagged as much as I could carry. This is my first official turning on my new lathe and of course the wife put her dibs on it right away. Anyway, I think the contrast is good between the two types of wood and am fairly pleased with the outcome. I do think the base is a bit heavy looking but if I cut it down more that would be more chips for ground cover.

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#1 posted 05-13-2015 06:50 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

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#2 posted 05-13-2015 08:29 PM

What a creative and beautiful piece! The purpleheart lends a dramatic juxtaposition to the burl. It both contrasts and compliments and together, creates a whole viision. My compliments.

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#3 posted 05-13-2015 09:40 PM

Neil you sure went to the right place for some fabulous timbers, those Aussies are spoilt for choice.
This one has a great colour to it, nice job all round

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 05-13-2015 09:51 PM

That platypus burl is some beautiful wood.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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