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Wormy Birch Burl Bowl

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Project by onefullturn posted 08-23-2017 08:10 PM 309 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1990, I had a very large birch burl sawn into 3 and 4-inch slabs. Most of it was turned in the next few years. But I left one slab outside under cover. Earlier this year, I cut that slab up for bowl blanks and found it had been thoroughly infested with small beetle larvae. This makes for some very unusual pieces. I try to turn most of these with thin walls for 2 reasons. First, this enables me to find any remaining larvae and deal with them. Second, I clean out as much of the worm holes as possible with a pick and compressed air, leaving a naturally textured surface. Most of the time, I don’t apply a finish to these pieces. I have found from experience that unfinished wormy bowls just look and feel better than the finished ones. This bowl is about 5 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick walls.

-- One Full Turn Woodturnings





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 05:33 PM

This is another beautiful bowl that you have made and it has a lot of nice character.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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onefullturn

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#2 posted 08-25-2017 10:58 PM

Thanks Charles.


This is another beautiful bowl that you have made and it has a lot of nice character.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


-- One Full Turn Woodturnings

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