Small Burl Bowl

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Project by lew posted 07-31-2017 03:03 PM 1139 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small mesquite burl bowl. The wood was a gift from a friend in Arizona. About 7” in diameter and a little over 1” tall. The lip is undercut. Watco danish oil to bring up the grain. Finished with rattle can lacquer.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 03:14 PM

very nice,like the grain
But,Lew,where is the cake?

-- bambi

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 03:15 PM

Interesting piece, Lew. I was trying to visualize how you turned it. Did you temporarily fill the defects? Real novice, here… (-:

That grain is pretty interesting…

I used some Watco followed by a couple coats of wipe on poly, and then some finishing wax for a network “cabinet” recently. It sits under a desk, so it is a real utilitarian piece. The finish was probably overkill, but it was easy, and the piece was small. Looks fine, though, with an effect like this piece.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 07-31-2017 04:01 PM

That’s a nice piece of mesquite burl. Beautifully executed!

-- "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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#4 posted 07-31-2017 05:05 PM

Lew, 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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#5 posted 07-31-2017 05:12 PM

Absolutely love this one. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 07-31-2017 06:33 PM

Now you’re cooking with gas. You know, I have never yet turned a burl.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-31-2017 07:23 PM

That grain looks like a slow motion explosion lew!
Nice work as always buddy.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#8 posted 07-31-2017 07:37 PM

A real character piece Lew, great piece of timber, very nicely done

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

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#9 posted 07-31-2017 07:53 PM

Ingenious use of a beautiful piece of burl. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 07-31-2017 09:06 PM

Lew. A beautiful piece of wood turned into a dramatic looking bowl. Great job.

What would that have looked like as a rolling pin?


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 07-31-2017 11:25 PM

Good job keeping the bowl together Lew, I like the undercut!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 08-01-2017 07:23 AM

Great finish. It doesn’t have to be perfect shape to be beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 08-01-2017 11:25 AM

Beautiful piece, Lew. I’m glad is stayed together. I have found that burl, even with voids is still pretty strong!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 08-01-2017 02:44 PM

Bambi- Thanks! Gave some to the neighbors- so I wouldn’t eat it all!!

Jim- Thank You! I left the voids open while turning. It was my first experience with burl. It seems to have greater strength than “normal” wood. I was going to use just plain lacquer but the oil brought out more details in the grain.

Meilie- Thanks!

Charles- Thank you!

Hoss- Thanks!

Mark- Thank You! My first experience, too! I used all carbide tools on this one. I had only one catch but was able to turn it out.

Eric- Thanks! The burl grain is amazing.

Pete- Thank You!

John- Thanks!

Karson- Thank You! Rolling pin, hmmmm.. Now you got me thinking!

John- Thanks! The under cut was a last minute idea.

Ivan- Thank You! I really like to be able to include the “faults”. I think it shows the beauty of nature.

Jim- Thanks! This was my first experience with burl. I guess it is the randomness of the grain that gives it strength.

Thanks for all of the views and making this a Daily Top 3. I really appreciate it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 08-02-2017 12:04 AM

Great job exposing the beauty in this burl. Burls are a barrel of fun with their wild grain.

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

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