Maple Burl Pot

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-19-2016 08:50 PM 958 views 0 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this from a piece of Maple burl that looked to be nothing but a bug ridden fire log. I kept cutting pieces off until I saw a possible bowl. Well it worked out fine. The second picture shows a piece cut off as I started.
I thought it would be a Christmas gift but may end up keeping it.
It’s 5’’ in diameter and 3 1/2’’ tall. Two coats of danish oil and buffed.
What I thought to be a waste, ended up to be one of the more stable burls I have done.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 08:56 PM

Double DANDY!

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 09:01 PM

It’s gorgeous, I’ll bet it was scary turning that!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 09:23 PM

Wow Dave, a great piece of burl . Well done buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 09:28 PM

Crazy BURL… Awesome…

Looks like you were lucky to salvage what you did…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Y’all!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 09:57 PM

Your perseverance has rewarded you well Dave, lovely piece of burl well worth the effort

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 10:03 PM

It turned out beautifully Dave. Nice work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 12-19-2016 10:47 PM


You’re getting good at this stuff. LOL! Beautiful wood. Ugly duckling?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-19-2016 10:49 PM

VERY nice.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 12-19-2016 11:29 PM

Nothing like a GOOD surprise! Bet your glad you didn’t burn that log up Dave! Looks Awesome!

-- Tony UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it.." Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 12-19-2016 11:42 PM

Real nice piece. Love that Burl!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 12-19-2016 11:53 PM

That ain’t bad for a piece of worm ridden firewood….Nice work Dave!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 12-20-2016 12:00 AM

Turned out real nice Dave. Great salvage job.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 12-20-2016 12:00 AM

Ya just gotta luv a surprise like that.
Great save Dave and a great job. A bit of heart in the mouth for a while, but that makes you appreciate the end result.
I reckon I would keep it too.
Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#14 posted 12-20-2016 12:24 AM

You did well to keep that in one piece Dave, nice result, lots of colour!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#15 posted 12-20-2016 12:51 AM

Thanks rjR.

Jerry, at first the wood was falling off like sawdust, almost as if you were sanding it. As I continued it started to become solid and everything seemed OK. It was a bit shaky.

Thanks Tony. I love these burls. They have the biggest surprise inside.

Thanks Joe. Merry Christmas to you too.

You are right Pete, after seeing what it becomes, makes it all worth the challenge.

Thank you Lee.

Doc, thanks. One of these days I figured I get it. Or it would get me. Haha.

Thanks Mike.

Believe me Tony, I would of never of thought it would turn out so nice. I had my doubt at first, but kept going.
Glad I did.

Thanks Jim. These burls have to be the most unpredictable to turn.

Thanks Buster. I figured I had nothing to loose. How much worst can it get? LOL.

Thanks Bob C. Yes, great salvage.

Thanks Bob W. for the kind words. That’s what keeps me trying to improve myself. If I don’t keep it at least I can share it with some else who would appreciate it.

Thanks John. I tried to capture all of the color detail. You would really have to see it in person.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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