Red Mallee Burl Bowl

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 1513 days ago 2549 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a great looking blank of Red Mallee Burl. I had worked the back of it a long time ago, using Inlace and gold mica powder to fill the burl fissures. I like the effect, but the Inlace material was difficult for me to use. Inlace is great when you need to embed large pieces along with large areas of clear material, but I prefer CA for small inlay work. Anyway, the half-finished bowl sat for over a year because I wasn’t satisfied with my vision for the final piece. I finally got around to working out the inside. I decided to try another shell inlay and to keep on going with the gold fill in the fissures. The shell inlay was very challenging; I wanted the shells to touch (barely) all the way around. So, fitting them into the groove I had cut took several hours. I am not quite satisfied with the appearance of the clear matrix. I will try an epoxy next time around. The piece is 10 1/4”dia by 1 3/4” thick, finished with my tung oil varnish, then buffed with the Beall buffing system. Comments and critiques welcome!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 1513 days ago

Beautiful bowl..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 1513 days ago

What a great looking bowl. Very well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 1513 days ago

Wow! Very unique…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 1513 days ago

looks goood man
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#5 posted 1513 days ago


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#6 posted 1513 days ago

gorgeous bowl, you did a terrific job on this.

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#7 posted 1513 days ago

Great piece, but I think I would have used abalone or paua shell, to give some real color. But I do love your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 1513 days ago

Awesome!! Real eye popper:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 1513 days ago

That’s the best looking Pecan pie I’ve seen in a long time. Yummy.

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#10 posted 1512 days ago

Man is this gorgous!! Great Work…

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#11 posted 1512 days ago

Nice choices. I agree with your take on inlace. I’ve used some brass & CA and it worked a lot better on the smaller cavities. Great work on the shells, I really like the balance.

-- Micheal, Boise, Id

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#12 posted 1511 days ago

Fantastic bowl. Love the design and the wood is fantastic.

Keep it up.


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#13 posted 1511 days ago

Great Bowl. I really like the gold infill. I think it really sets off the Grain. I think it is interesting that you choose to run the shells in opposing directions.

-- RayCurtis

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