Gray Oak Burl Bowl

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Project by klipper posted 05-03-2011 05:04 PM 1489 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy and I are helping uncle Dick liquidate his decades long collection of burls, turning slabs and lathe and lathe tools. Uncle Dick can’t work at the lathe any more so we are helping him out by cataloging the tools and the wood (pictures, dimensions, weights of all 300 plus pieces of burl and slab, weighing almost 12,000 lbs in total). Dick doesn’t own a computer, either. You can see all of the burls and slab wood on if you do a people search for Burly Dennis on the web site. Their search tool is a little weird. You have to click on search with nothing entered into the search field. Then on the next screen that pops up, click on people and then enter Burly Dennis and hit search again. Oh, well.

Dick gave me a piece of Gray Oak burl to turn into a bowl. I had never heard of Gray Oak before and I had never turned a burl before so I said what the heck. This is what came out. . The finish is several coats of Danish oil. The spalted parts soaked up a lot more oil that the rest of it.

I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I really like how this turned out. I hope you do too

-- Best Regards, Dennis

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 05:24 PM

Looks wonderful.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 05:26 PM

Nothing prettier than Oak burl. You really did it justice, good luck with your new found bonanza.

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 05:49 PM

A gorgeous piece of wood and a lovely turning to show it off. Hopefully the rest of your Uncle’s collection will become beautiful, useful objects also.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 11:51 PM

Hey Dennis, always sad when someone has to give up one of their lifes pleasure, hope your sale goes well & Uncle get a good return.
Nice looking little reminder you have turned, well done :)

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

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 09:48 PM

I was looking ath the flickr site. You dont have any prices on any of the discriptions. Are you going to thave prices on there?

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 10:37 PM

God certainly provides us with superb materials doesn’t he? And this looks very stunning well done my friend Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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