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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 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 (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)
#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’.
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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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#4 posted 10-01-2009 08:53 PM
Bob,What a Beautiful Bowl! The finish is spectacular!
-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,
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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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#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 soon moving to Virginia firstname.lastname@example.org †
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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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#8 posted 10-01-2009 11:16 PM
wow…this one is really beautiful! Great job!
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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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#10 posted 10-02-2009 02:43 AM
Dannnnggg. Wow! Very nice. I like this one very much. Thanks for sharing.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine
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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.
#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.
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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.
-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks
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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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