Amboyna burl coffee table

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 09-04-2010 05:45 PM 5457 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a work in progress and one of the most exciting functional sculptures I’ve worked on in several years, each chisel pass reveals a new dimension on it’s many facets of tone and texture. There is always a compromise between the sculptor and wood when working with burl. With its grain growing in chaotic clusters and its organic shape, your visual skills and limits in bringing out the best of what you can from this very special wood is revealed. This burl table will have a glass top spanning across it resting on three points. The burl measures 5.5 feet by 3 feet. I will be posting photos when it’s all finished.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 06:01 PM

Cool start Benji…can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 06:03 PM

That is really impressive. Looks like fun too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 06:53 PM

I only have seen and worked with very small pieces of that beautiful wood. It is very expensive in the US and a piece that large would be very hard to come by. It is amazing to see such a large piece and see it being turned into something so unique. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 09-04-2010 07:27 PM

This thing is unbelievable cool!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 09-04-2010 07:35 PM

Oh my. This reminds me of a kamani stump that I purchased and had off loaded in front of my house. It sat there for weeks until I could find some workers to move it into my work area. I waited several months to start working on it. By that time, it had become the home of a family of centipedes. After that massacre, the powder post beetles arrived (or probably finally revealed themselves). At that point, I abandoned the project and had that massive stump hauled away. I’m glad you have help. I can’t wait to see what masterpiece it becomes. Good luck Benji.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#6 posted 09-04-2010 08:00 PM

Esperamos ese resultado final y seguros estamos que sera de nuestro agrado.Mientras tu terminas tu trabajo nosotros imaginaremos esos resultados,mucho trabajo para ti y mucho trabajo para nosotros.Animo.

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#7 posted 09-04-2010 08:28 PM

An incredible piece of burl and I’m sure you will do the wood justice with your artistic abilities. Oh to have access to such wood and help!

-- "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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#8 posted 09-04-2010 08:32 PM

Wow! It’s a good thing you have it instead of me. lol All I see is fire wood.:p But then I’m not any where near your class here. Trying to guess what will come from your imagination and artistic abilities is always a great anticipation. I’m sure that all the LJer’s are dying to see the finished product just as I am. May I suggest that this would make a great blog for the process you go through to create and release the beauty in this burl. I know I would love to see each step in this coffee table. Your humble student, Rand

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 09:02 PM

MAN, that is so cool!!! Can’t wait to see them done.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 09-04-2010 09:23 PM

Loving it so far ! Look fwd to seeing the progress on this great table.

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

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