Cherry Burl Experiment

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Project by Coloneldon posted 1800 days ago 1280 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again, I just finished a new segmented bowl and am looking for constructive comments. The bowl is made from 304 segments of Cherry and Ebony, plus there is an Ebony Plug in the bottom and the top ring is a solid slab of Cherry burl.

My wife says I am too critical of my work. This bowl did not turn out quite like I had envisioned. The goal was to highlight a piece of cherry burl so I made this bowl form cherry and ebony and then used a solid section of Burl for the top ring. The joints are great and I had no construction issues and I don’t think the solid burl will have so much movement to cause a construction problem; however, I am not a big fan of the final shape. The goal was to repeat the diamonds form the featured ring on the lip, but to me it seems kind of stilted. What do you think of the final shape? Note – any other comments also welcome. Finish is Watco’s Danish Oil.

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#1 posted 1800 days ago

I agree with your wife.. you are too critical..I think the bowl looks awesome!!.. can’t see a thing wrong with it!!

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 1800 days ago

My only critique would be to take better photos of that beauty.


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

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#3 posted 1800 days ago

That is a gorgeous bowl, I really like the burl on the top and I think the shape is fine. Well done.

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#4 posted 1800 days ago

That would be rather arrogant of me to try to critisize this piece. I couln’t come close to something of that caliber in my turning. Fantastic job—-and yes, your wife is right, but I know how you feel.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#5 posted 1800 days ago

My advice to you would be to produce more of this caliber. As for the shape, yes it is a little different, but in a good way. I think you should be very proud of the result, both technically and artistically. I know I would be.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1800 days ago

Looks super to me great job

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1800 days ago

My 2 cents….Technically speaking, you are right, the joints are great and I like your design idea. Repeating the pattern on the rim looks great. I agree that the shape is not pleasing (to me), I feel like the burl should be rounded to match the shape of the bottom—less flat. Sometimes the wood dictates what we do with it. Would I be proud of it? ABSOLUTELY!!!

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#8 posted 1800 days ago

I think it’s a pretty awesome design all the way around. I like the shaped personally.

-- John @

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#9 posted 1800 days ago

Man don’t be so critical. That is one super fantastic looking job. I love it. Design and all lots out of this world.

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

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#10 posted 1800 days ago

I think its outstanding! Everything about it is superb.

Great job!

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

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#11 posted 1800 days ago

Great piece of ART! Fine joints. Great design. Great finnish. Great shape. Just plain GREAT!

You have done an outstanding job here. Be proud, Be VERY proud!

Keep up the great work.


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

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#12 posted 1799 days ago

I’d be very proud of it. If you’re not, just send it on over and in return, I’ll send back some really unintended results of projects. All kidding aside. The overall design is very pleasing to my minds eye! The consruction and craftsmanship are superb. The Cherry Burl is just beautifull. I believe your wife in this case, the completed project is wonderful no matter what the intended vision was! Take care and Keep on Keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#13 posted 1799 days ago

No I would consider you did a very fine job on this so pat yourself on the back and say Alistair said it’s anice piece see you feel better already.I know what you mean I always criticise my own work but somehow it comes around and turns out okay well done you gentleman sir.Alistair ps give your wife a big kiss from Al.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 1797 days ago

Beautiful Job. Don’t sell it short. You should be proud of it , I’m and I didn’t make it. Wish I had. Outstanding!!

-- Marty Ohio

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