Maple Burl Orniment

  • Advertise with us
Project by sedcokid posted 06-15-2011 05:31 PM 1320 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall before leaving for Florida, where we winter in Punta Gorda. I was on the “OregonBurl” site, Greg is one of my buddies here at LJ. I ordered a small package of misc. burls from Greg from which I made this orniment and base, the finials were from my stash, Black Walnut burl that my father gave me years ago. The pieces from Oregon burl were small so couldn’t make anything huge, so I decided to make what you see. The Orniment is 3 1/2” in dia and 9” tall and the base is 4 3/4” in dia. This piece is to large for a Christmas tree but I think it makes a nice decorative piece sitting on a end table. The finish was 3 coats of Tung Oil, and 3 coats of gloss Poly then of course buffed on the Beal buffers. I am not happy with how the brass rod looks but don’t know what else to do… The orniment is hollowed to 1/4” wall but is still heavy for the 3/32” rod. Greg at Oregon Burls is great to work with and if you haven’t tried him I suggest that you do.

All Comments are welcome and Thanks for Looking!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

14 comments so far

View Jaybird719's profile


141 posts in 2889 days

#1 posted 06-15-2011 06:14 PM

Very nice, Chuck.
I will have to check out Greg’s material – he gave you some really nice stuff to work with. The walnut looks good, too.
thanks for sharing

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20482 posts in 3103 days

#2 posted 06-15-2011 06:16 PM

Those are beautiful. You sure do some fine turning!

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

View Darell's profile


434 posts in 3591 days

#3 posted 06-15-2011 06:23 PM

Wow, I like that. Christmas ornaments are on my to do list when I get back to the lathe in a few days. Several turners in our turning club make ornaments similar to yours and this one is equal to any I’ve seen. Great Job.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

View branch's profile


1142 posts in 3151 days

#4 posted 06-15-2011 08:45 PM

hi another great piece of art love the shape and design

View lew's profile


12056 posts in 3753 days

#5 posted 06-15-2011 10:03 PM

Gorgeous, Chuck!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 3582 days

#6 posted 06-15-2011 10:04 PM

This is a nice piece of work and wood well done my friend. Alistair

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

View Karson's profile


35120 posts in 4398 days

#7 posted 06-16-2011 01:20 AM

Great looking. A very nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View blackcherry's profile


3338 posts in 3820 days

#8 posted 06-16-2011 01:31 AM

Unique a one of a kind ornament, every time i see these burls it makes me wish i had a lathe…nice work thanks for posting BC

View Bob Collins's profile

Bob Collins

2513 posts in 3681 days

#9 posted 06-16-2011 03:12 AM

Beautiful piece of art, the finials and the burls make a great combination.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

View peteg's profile


4284 posts in 2820 days

#10 posted 06-16-2011 10:14 AM

Wow Chuck this is very nice indeed, some realy lovely detail in the finials to compliment that Burl.
Forget the Christmastree man, you can’t hide this away for 11 months of the year
As far as the brass rod goes, look OK by me but I am sure if you study it long enough something will take your fancy

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

View sedcokid's profile


2732 posts in 3596 days

#11 posted 06-16-2011 02:47 PM

Thanks to you all for the nice words! I enjoy being out in the shop so much!! I must that Greg from Oregon
Burls once again for sending me that nice box Burls!! Thanks Greg….

Chuck ‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

View Hacksaw007's profile


613 posts in 3186 days

#12 posted 06-17-2011 05:39 AM

Wonderful work, doesn’t get any better than this one.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

View Roger's profile


20928 posts in 2801 days

#13 posted 06-19-2011 09:57 PM

super intricate

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

View Cher's profile


954 posts in 3091 days

#14 posted 06-20-2011 08:29 AM

Hi Chuck, the colour combinations and the finials are superb. You have done a beautiful job here.

Thanks for sharing Chuck.

-- When you know better you do better.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics