Coolibah burl Winged Bowl

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Project by Ken Waller posted 1792 days ago 2125 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This winged bowl is approx 10” x 8” and is made from a coolibah burl from Australia. The figure inside the burl was a beautiful surprise. The bowl was sanded to 2000 grit, given 3 coats of tung oil and buffed.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 1792 days ago

That’s pretty amazing. Burls are always fascinating… such beautiful pieces come from cancer-like sores in nature. Strange how the world works. The finish is impressive… is the 2000 grit necessary to give it such a high shine?

-- Allen, Colorado

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Ken Waller

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#2 posted 1792 days ago

Hi Bob,
I have found significant improvements in the final finish by sanding to grits as high as 2000. I even have some 3000 for tricky woods. By the time I reach 2000 grit I can see the image of my hands reflecting off the wood surface. The buffing also gives that little extra sheen and ‘softness’.


-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#3 posted 1792 days ago

Wow that is nice. I didn’t know there was such a thing as 2000 – 3000 grit. Where do you get it??

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#4 posted 1792 days ago

What a Beautiful Bowl! The finish is spectacular!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 1792 days ago

wow that is one amazing piece of wood, you are right the grain inside the bowl really pops. very nice work. where do you get your burl caps from?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 1792 days ago

A fantastic job on the burl turning. It is truly beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 1792 days ago

Spectacular use of the wood…..are you going to make a stand for it? It is much to nice to use for anything but display….great job!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 1792 days ago

wow…this one is really beautiful! Great job!

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#9 posted 1792 days ago

Ken, what a treasure. That burl probably growled at you when you got to that 2000 grit point. You should be very proud of that piece. I’m adding this one to my favorites.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 1792 days ago

Dannnnggg. Wow! Very nice. I like this one very much. Thanks for sharing.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#11 posted 1792 days ago

Beautiful wood reborn through your masterful skills. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Ken Waller

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#12 posted 1791 days ago

To answer a few of the questions:
-I get my sandpaper and disks from a company in south-western Ontario called Royce Sales ( They have really gone out of their way to support woodturners’ needs.
-The Australian burls I get from Woodchuckers’ Supplies in Toronto (, another small store with a big heart for woodturners.
-I make bowl stands to display my big pieces or the really nice ones. I’ll post pictures.
Thanks for all the nice words.


-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#13 posted 1791 days ago

Wow, that is too cool! I am always awestruck when I see turnings such as this.

Great job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#14 posted 1790 days ago

Great use of a burl chunk – I really have to do some more projects like this to put some wood on display in its raw beauty.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#15 posted 1790 days ago

Hey Ken,
Good to see Aussie timber being treated the right way…...well done mate.

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