Black Knot Bowl

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Project by Dave Church posted 05-04-2016 02:17 PM 1082 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a maple tree in the woods that had large burls protruding from it. After some research I think it has black knot disease. Black knot disease kills the limbs it infects, and can quickly spread to other trees. I decided to climb the tree and cut as much of the infection away as I could. Naturally finding these burls sparked my curiosity and a bowl was born. It is amazing what beauty you can find within things that appear ugly on the surface, all it takes is an open mind and a little effort.

I used Easy Cast epoxy resin to fill in the large cracks, and ended up finishing the entire bowl with the Easy Cast to avoid any unwanted reactions from mixing finishes. I still need to experiment on a scrap piece of wood to make sure I can mix certain finishes before wasting a unique piece of wood like this.

Check out my previous project to see a small burl from this tree that I turned into a shot glass.

-- What? I didn't "break" it, I was just testing its durability, and then I "placed" it in the woods because it's made of wood and I just thought he should be with his family.

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#1 posted 05-04-2016 03:38 PM

That’s an amazing piece of wood Dave, nice find!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 05-04-2016 08:12 PM

One of the nicest wood I have seen, the contrast between light and dark is unusual, you did a very nice job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-04-2016 10:42 PM

That wood is amazing and that bowl is definitely an eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 02:05 AM

WOW now that has Character, Great bowl!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 02:31 AM

Beautiful! MORE !!!

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#6 posted 05-09-2016 06:22 PM

Nice find and nice creation!

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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