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Coolibah burl Winged Bowl

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Project by Ken Waller posted 10-01-2009 08:06 PM 2176 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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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 08:18 PM

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 10-01-2009 08:27 PM

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

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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Loucarb

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 08:36 PM

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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sedcokid

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 08:53 PM

Bob,
What a Beautiful Bowl! The finish is spectacular!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Roper

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 09:12 PM

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- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Karson

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#6 posted 10-01-2009 10:14 PM

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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reggiek

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#7 posted 10-01-2009 10:17 PM

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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MRedzic

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#8 posted 10-01-2009 11:16 PM

wow…this one is really beautiful! Great job!

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Bradford

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#9 posted 10-02-2009 01:30 AM

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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Betsy

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 02:43 AM

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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trifern

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#11 posted 10-02-2009 04:32 AM

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 10-02-2009 03:36 PM

To answer a few of the questions:
-I get my sandpaper and disks from a company in south-western Ontario called Royce Sales (www.sandpaper.ca). They have really gone out of their way to support woodturners’ needs.
-The Australian burls I get from Woodchuckers’ Supplies in Toronto (www.woodchuckers.com), 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

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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Dennis_MGWW

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#13 posted 10-02-2009 03:38 PM

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

Great job!

-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#14 posted 10-03-2009 10:18 AM

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 www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#15 posted 10-03-2009 12:53 PM

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

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