Maple Burl Business Card Holder & Clock

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-26-2009 05:08 AM 1844 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 05:25 AM

Oh man!!!!!!!! how awesome, great job, what a beauty. Might I suggest checking out Cards of Wood a company in Belmont, Michigan and you can have cards made from real wood to use on it. That would look very cool.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 05:42 AM

Nice use of the burl …you’ve got room to add a couple more pics with your business card in place on your project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 07:30 AM

I have never used a burl but if that is what you can do with it I must look harder for a burl.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 08:04 AM

Beautifulll Piece of art. Great burl. Love the design.

Some times you spend a lot of thought trying to figure “what this could be?” and all of a sudden it hits you.

Great inspiration for thinking OUTSIDE the box!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 09:57 AM

Great piece of firewood art!! Everyone who picks up a card should be impressed.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 10:38 AM

Banish the thought of firewood. That is gorgeous. I love maple burl, maple syrup, maple candy, anything maple, I even have maple cabinets in the kitchen.

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

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#7 posted 05-26-2009 12:23 PM

A very artistic piece, with the help of mother nature.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-26-2009 01:24 PM

Very nice and different….......great feature and talking point in an office.

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#9 posted 05-29-2009 07:18 PM

Gotta love clocks… very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 05-30-2009 03:16 AM

Wild wood and cool design

-- Custom furniture

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