Spalted Oak Burl Bowl

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Project by Raftermonkey posted 09-27-2010 02:36 AM 2784 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this bowl from an Oak burl cap. I think people will either love it or hate it. As you can prolly tell from the pics, I had to evict quite a few different residents from this burl. I would like to try to sell this but don’t really know what to ask for it. I cut the tree myself so there is no lack of work here,haha. What do ya’ll think would be a fair price? I used the Lancelot chainsaw disc for the carving and finished it with Watco Butcher Block Oil. It is about 13” long, 11 1/2” wide, and 3” tall.
I almost forgot, The wood had some really punky spots that I filled with key shavings from the local hardware store. They can be seen if you look really close at the pics.
. All critiques welcome

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 03:43 AM

That is a beautiful burl!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 03:47 AM

I love it, but don’t have a clue what it would be worth. I’ve got one a lot like it made the same way, but made from a maple burl. I had to evict a few critters in mine too. LOL

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

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 07:06 AM

What I like about you is that you’re not afraid to try new things with different materials. Good work.


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#4 posted 09-28-2010 01:02 AM

I am an award winning artist and bowl maker.You can see my work at facebook.The bowl you made is from a beautiful burl and should go for $125. to $ should not have put the shavings in the spots that you are showing.Inlace material like Turquoise or red coral would have increased the value,Although I prefer to leave it natural and get a better price.The beauty of wood in its natural state stands alone.I use Burls from all over the world.In Texas the Oak burls can be great or trash.Just a burl like yours uncurt on Ebay can sell for $40 up.Good Luck and As I say “CARVE ON”

-- MRc

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 02:57 AM

Thanks treeskin, I went back and forth on the key shavings. I’ve got crushed turquoise and it is usually my go-to for inlay material but I had the shavings and wanted to see how they worked out since this was a free piece of wood. I too like the natural look but this piece had to have something to fill the punky spots. Everyting I would get close to them with the sander it would make a torn out divot. Thank you so much for the pricing information and the helpful tips, they are greatly appreciated.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 06:20 AM

Zeke, it looks great. You’ve chosen to keep part of the imperfections which, I think, give it some good chracter. And to think that you did it without a lathe, WOW. Let us see more.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 10:59 PM

Thanks rance.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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