Burl Bowl with Stone Inlay

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 04-24-2011 11:58 PM 3663 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, this little Australian Corrugata burl has been on the shelf for quite awhile, just begging to become a frame for a new inlay. I used a new technique to visualize what I wanted to do. I took a black and white image, printed it with lots of extra contrast, and the tree sort of popped out of the grain pattern in the burl. In color, I didn’t “see” it as well. I drew the concept onto the turned bowl (with quite a few adjustments). Once the tree got carved, I decided it needed some pink flowers, which I did in pink coral. Each flower is less then 1/8” in diameter. The rim is also an experiment; I used pieces of lapis that were left over lapidary scraps and all rectangular, forming sort of a brickwork pattern. This spaces in between are gold mica dust and yellow calcite.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 12:05 AM

Wow! Very impressive work!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 12:09 AM

Very, very nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 12:15 AM

Very much akin to Stephen Hatcher’s work, but very unique from his also. Just gorgeous.

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

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 12:34 AM

Gorgeous burl along with your talent added in : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-25-2011 12:56 AM

Beautifully done! I love the inlay work. Did you mix the gold mica powders with epoxy for the fill?

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 01:01 AM

Very nice work!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 01:51 AM

Awesome concept of making a tree out of a tree.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#8 posted 04-25-2011 01:52 AM

Bob, the mica is cosmetic-grade, mixed with coarser calcite, then laid in dry. I use very thin CA glue as the binder, carefully dripped in from the top, then ground and polished flush.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#9 posted 04-25-2011 01:59 AM

Very nice! Love the inlay!

-- Bill

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#10 posted 04-25-2011 02:01 AM

wonderful piece

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#11 posted 04-25-2011 02:58 AM

Wow! Nicely done- well controlled use of inlay materials.

-- rustic andy

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#12 posted 04-25-2011 05:03 AM

Very nice!!Great burl also.

-- Scott NM,

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#13 posted 04-25-2011 01:19 PM

The burl has enough visual interest in its own right but the addition of the inlays takes this piece to another level, altogether. This is a beautiful turning.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 04-25-2011 11:29 PM

Good planning & design will usually result in a successful outcome, certainly has in this case.
Lovely job Swirlsman :)))

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

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 02:27 AM

Very, Very Nice!! This piece is Gorgeous, your workmanship is outstanding. The Burl is outstanding, complementing your work!!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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