Madrone Burl bowl

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Project by Blake Thornton posted 03-04-2011 02:34 AM 1839 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned this out of a piece of Madrone Burl that had been boiled to stabalize but not dried… the wet burl probably weighed 50 lbs.

We used a OneWay 2436 3HP lathe, and the OneWay oring system to pull out the core, which will make a beautiful small bowl.

It’s about a half inch thick because it was so wet, didn’t want it to move as it dried.

Power sanded to 400grit, so far I’ve put a single coat of Polyurethane on it, I’ll hand sand it with 600grit and put several more layers of Poly on it as it dries more.

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 05:27 AM

What a beautiful piece of wood! You made a stunning bowl from it – I love voids and inclusions in wood…

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 12:01 PM

Madrone burl has always been a personal favorite. You have created a beautiful piece. What are the dimensions of the bowl?

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 07:48 PM

It’s about 10” diameter, and 6” deep

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 08:02 PM

What a great bowl! Love the colors and finish!

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

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 01:02 AM

Really nice color and figure in the bottom of the bowl and great job on the finish.

Curious how much it will move on you in about six months or so when it is fully dry? Burls seem to obey their own rules a bit, so it may not be as pronounced with typical grained wood. Let us know.


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