Maple Burl Mask

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Project by RedBeard posted 1537 days ago 1109 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I completed in my Free-form Woodworking class at Red Rocks Community College. The assignment was to create a mask, and from there we were free to do whatever we wanted. I found this chunk of Maple burl at a really cool saw-mill called TC Woods in Lafayette, CO. After two weeks of hacking away with an Arbor-tech, a die-grinder, all sorts of gouges, rasps, and various sharp objects, a face emerged. The finish is a citrus oil/ tung oil mix that fellow LJ, Roper gave me. Not only does it look cool, but it makes the room smell like oranges.

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#1 posted 1537 days ago

Very unique. I have a small collection of masks and this is quite unusual.

-- "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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#2 posted 1537 days ago

Wow what a trip!
I like that…..very good eye to see that in the wood.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 1537 days ago

ooooooooooooooooooh I really have to look at it to see where the wood ends and your creativity begins. Fascinating!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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