|Project by Stonekettle||posted 02-22-2011 12:14 AM||3246 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This is a piece of Alaskan birch burl.
The burl was cut green here in the Alaskan MatSu. It was a very large piece of wood and even after five years of drying in the burl pile, it was still very wet inside when I cut it into several large turning blanks. This piece was turned wet to rough, allowed to dry for another six months or so, and then turned to finish. I had intended it to sit on a small flat foot, but after seeing the grain, I wanted it elevated a bit so that you could see the opalescence and spectacular figure – so I added a small walnut base. The piece is finished in natural walnut oil. It’s about 14” in diameter.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station