Red Mallee burl bowl

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Project by Raftermonkey posted 02-02-2011 05:44 PM 2151 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Red Mallee burl bowl that I turned not too long ago. It is 7” in diameter and 1 3/4” tall, with a some natural edge left on it to add a little more “character”. (like this wood really needs anymore “character”,haha.) Finished with Watco Butcher Block Oil. Thanks for looking. Any and all critiques and comments are welcomed.


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

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 05:51 PM

I like this a lot.

You are not trying to show off your turning skills. Rather, you are letting the wood show off its natural beauty.

You’ve inspired me to head for the lathe.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 06:04 PM

That is a gorgeous burl Zeke. I like that you included the natural edge instead of trying to eliminate it, keeping it looking a bit more true to it’s original state.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 06:09 PM

Haha, I can’t show off what I don’t have Rich. The reason I choose these awesome burls and exotic woods is because the wood “speaks for its self” and draws attention away from my lack of carving/turning skills,haha, but shhh, don’t tell anybody, I think I’ve got some of em fooled so far,ha.


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

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 06:31 PM

That’s a very nice bowl. The burl has some spectacular grain.

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 06:43 PM

Very cool, Zeke!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 07:59 PM

Hey Zeke, that is one cool bowl. That is a most beautiful grained wood!!!!!!
Where do you find that wood?????

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 08:21 PM

Jim I got this piece from a lady in Nor Cal. I am working on finding a supplier and shipper to start importing large to medium sized shipments of these beauties myself. I got these pieces at a very reasonable price but have noticed here lately that these blanks around the same size have gotten outrageously expensive. That is the main reason I want to import them myself, so I can sell some of em at reasonable prices, giving everybody the opportunity to experience them. Not to mention I could keep a few for myself,haha. I just got a good lead on an Australian supplier now I’m trying to find a way to get them over here. There are lots of forms to fill out and submit so it’s gonna take a while but, as of right now, I don’t see any reason why I can’t do this.


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

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 08:28 PM

Nice job on the bowl that’s a great burl.I will be watching to see if you start selling burls!!!

-- Scott NM,

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 01:19 AM

Beautiful bowl, lovely form, fantastic piece of wood.

-- Glen

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 03:28 AM

I thought it was my secret to use wood so pretty that lack of skill is not noticed. LOL You did a good job on that piece.
I’m sure many of us will be waiting to hear how your business venture goes.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 07:10 AM

wow it’s looking great with burl

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 07:33 AM

Nice one Zeke, let the timber do the talking

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 02-03-2011 08:06 AM

Amazing burl pattern I like the live edge.

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