Madrone Bowl

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Project by OregonBurls posted 10-13-2009 04:54 PM 2107 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a madrone burl bowl I worked on with my foster son. He loves turning so much he bought his own lathe. He is excited to join Lumberjocks. Just told him about it this morning.

Madrone is a highly unstable wood unless you turn it thin and let it do its own thing or there are some other processes that you can keep its shape without distorting or cracking.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 05:03 PM

Man, thats some sweet looking stuff. I see from your profile pic that you also have excellent taste in chainsaws!

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 05:07 PM

Nice turning work. Never come across this wood, its beautiful.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 05:23 PM

Nice piece. I have bought some madrone from you but my work never looked like that. I did not finish mine in one turning session and by the next day it was warped too bad to save.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 05:34 PM

Gorgeous piece, and fantastic wood. Very well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 06:07 PM

Beautiful bowl! Can you turn wood that’s not green to keep from warping? Although the warping does create an interesting shape.

I’ve made several canes with the Madrone Burl and they are quite interesting grained wood and strong.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 06:30 PM

Madrone can be a hell of a wood but if you plan it could be very unique pieces ,look in the web fr exmples of the works on it

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 09:21 PM

Well done. Gorgeous wood.

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#8 posted 10-13-2009 09:24 PM

Very cool one of a kind

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 10-14-2009 07:50 AM

Fantastic turning. I like the live edge and the way the piece moves. Fantastic grain and color in that madrone.

Allways great to spend time in the shop with the kids. Love it when my daughter gets the chance to work with me.

Keep it up.


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

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#10 posted 10-15-2009 03:59 AM

That wood is definitely unique and very well done.

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#11 posted 10-15-2009 08:21 PM

A really beautiful piece. Very unusual color

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#12 posted 10-19-2009 07:45 AM

Beautiful work. I share your frustration working with Madrone, have had success by either completely turning the wet/green piece and boiling in water for 1/2 hour let cool and dry in a paperbag, sand after dry and finish as usual, or have started the rough in a vacume kiln and then turn to completion.

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