Maple Burl Bowl (Fudge Ripple)

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Project by doubleDD posted 03-15-2017 01:24 PM 792 views 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl came from the second half of the piece of wood I made the maple pot from. It was extremely unstable so I had it sitting around for a couple months adding CA glue as needed to keep it from coming apart. Seemed like every few days the wood would move again and I would have to change the shape. Finally after it was dry enough I was able to finish it. I took a lot of close up pictures so you could see the marble like grain in it. It turned out to be one of my coolest bowls I ever made.
I so much wanted to keep the last one but it was donated as a xmas gift to a good friend of my wife. This one will become part of our home. 6’’ in dia. x 4’’ high. Finished with lacquer and buffed to a shine.
Thanks for looking.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-15-2017 01:28 PM

Very nice piece sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-15-2017 01:30 PM

That is gorgeous Dave, gotta love that grain and the inclusions.
Makes a really interesting piece.


-- 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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woodshaver (Tony)

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 02:01 PM

Great story and a super nice absolutely beautiful looking bowl Dave! This is definitely a keeper!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 02:14 PM

VERY nice – love wild maple

-- "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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#5 posted 03-15-2017 02:46 PM

Monte, I know a lathe is on you list. Imagine the fun you can have with these small pieces. Thanks for looking.

Thanks Bob. That may be the interesting part of the bowl, all the inclusions and wild grain.

Thanks Mike. It has a lot of wild in it, I just tried to tame in and keep it in one piece.

Tony, this bowl was sitting since before I came to visit you. The first one was cooperated nicely but this one just kept moving. I think the beauty and time invested makes me want to keep it. Even my wife is starting to understand the beauty of these burls.

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

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 03:12 PM

This is a beautiful bowl and I love the wood.

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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#7 posted 03-15-2017 03:16 PM

great looking bowl

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 03:18 PM

Wow, great looking colors and patterns in this. Was well worth the effort Dave!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 03-15-2017 03:59 PM

Wow Dave, what a wonderful texture you uncovered. The bowl is striking!!

-- 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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#10 posted 03-15-2017 05:12 PM

Fantastic! The wife appreciating your work is also GREAT!

-- just rjR

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#11 posted 03-15-2017 05:59 PM

Real nice final product, Dave!! Lots of character.


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

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#12 posted 03-15-2017 06:10 PM

Awesome bowl… Glad it worked out for you!!


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

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#13 posted 03-15-2017 10:56 PM

Hey Dave,

Internet out all day. When I first saw this piece I thought it should be called “Fudge ripple.” LOL!Looks like Murphy finally stepped away from the piece? Nice organic feel. Good work my friend! I think you guys got our snow!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 03-15-2017 11:27 PM

Beautiful turning job. I know putting putting that CA time after time is no fun but so worthwhile when a piece winds up looking like this. Thanks for showing.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#15 posted 03-15-2017 11:31 PM

Great turning job.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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