Yellow Birch Burl

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Project by Ken Waller posted 07-28-2010 08:23 PM 4131 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a large yellow-birch burl that had been in a garage for 15+ years, by a woman whose father had recently passed away. Her father had hoped to someday make something out of it. The woman wanted me to complete the wish. The burl was about 20” wide, 15” deep and about 13” high. There was a small ball burl growing out of one end. I seperated the ball and then bandsawed the burl into 4 slices, each about 2 1/2 ” thick. The wood was punky in places and suffered from dry rot in others. I applied Polyall 2000 to all surfaces before final cuts to harden the soft areas. The first pix is slice 2, the second is slice 1 and the 3rd pix is the shallow bowl I made from the ball burl. All pieces were finished with 3 coats of Minwax tung oil and buffed on the Beall system. I still have the last 2 slices to play with.
UPDATE (21 June 11): After almost a year I finally got to the 3rd (5th picture) and 4th (6th picture) slices. The woman was very happy with the first 3 pieces and has commited to taking the last 2 as well.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 07-28-2010 10:17 PM

Wow, just gorgeous. You did a great job on all of these, that burl is beautiful and good job at taking care of the punky wood, thats a technique I have to learn yet.

-- RStadler

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 01:49 AM


The color, shape, grain and finish are all fantastic. Only our creator could orchestrate
something this beautiful. But then YOU my friend take His work and expound on it. What a piece of work you have done!! Simply Beautiful!!

Thank you for sharing.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 03:10 AM

Beautiful work Ken, the lady would certainly be proud of the results. Great color and finish.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 07:50 AM

Fantastic turnings. Wonderful story. Thanks for the before and after pics. All are great shapes and outstanding finish.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 08:28 AM

Great turnings Ken!! that burl is incredible!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 02:28 PM

Beautiful turning of burl.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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