|Project by Durnik150||posted 05-26-2009 05:08 AM||1643 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I had a big block of Maple that had a wonderful burl on the outside of the trunk. It had all this gnarly, pointy wood on the outside. I wanted to get into the burl to see the wonders I knew were there so I cut a curl off the outside of itl. WOW! I was thrilled at what I found, burl wood that went in about 6” below the surface. I’m still cogitating on what to do with the inside of the burl but when I looked at the piece I had shaved off to get a peek I couldn’t believe what it looked like.
I could not bear the thought of getting rid of this piece so I left it in the shop and stared at it every so often. It finally hit me that I should put a clock in it and take advantage of the curve by making it a business card holder.
I was really nervous about applying too much pressure to the piece while I was sanding the interior surface. The Maple was tough however and held up well. It wouldn’t quite stand up on its own so I had to add two little dowel legs for support. The dimensions are kind of hard to determine given the shape but it is about 6” tall, 5” wide, 5” deep.
A wedge of Bloodwood was shaped and attached to act as a support for the business cards. A coat of natural stain to highlight the burl and then three coats of thinned polyurethane to make the surface shine. This piece may not be for everyone, but I just had to do something with this piece besides heat my home with it.
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO