burr purple yew form

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Project by George watkins posted 07-01-2011 11:21 AM 1478 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello folks here is 6 photos showing the different views of one form I turned from an exceptional piece of burr purple yew. I have never seen wood quite like this before- the purple colouration is 100% natural and is caused by ferrous metal being present in the wood (in this case it was a 5” nail)
this piece is 6.5” wide by 8” tall and is finished in osmo uv oil

-- it can't rain all the time!!

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 01:45 PM

beauty ,just a little rainbow

-- jim nevada

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 05:17 PM

A lovely form and wood George.


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#3 posted 07-01-2011 05:18 PM

Your a natural born turner great work I think you are going to go far young man kindest regards and congratulations. Alistair

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 06:01 PM


Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#5 posted 07-01-2011 09:39 PM

Gorgeous! Great looking piece.

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#6 posted 07-01-2011 10:09 PM

Spectacular! I want to take a bite out of it for some reason. Am I weird?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 10:37 PM

hi fantastic piece of turning you did a great job
the pattern on the wood is on real leave it to mother nature
she cant be beating thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 07-02-2011 01:38 AM

Seriously wicked looking wood!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#9 posted 07-02-2011 01:56 AM

Great work George. You did that beautiful piece of wood justice….the shape really dispays the woods extreme figuring and color….it is an awesome work of nature….just breathtaking….
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 07-02-2011 02:03 AM

good job with the wood. I love the colors

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#11 posted 07-02-2011 02:24 AM

George, What a beautiful piece, the color is outstanding!! How intriging to have found a spike burried inside.

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 07-02-2011 03:52 AM

Whoa!! this is simply _ (fill in blank with appropriate adjective!)

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 07-03-2011 12:15 AM

Beautiful turning it takes a lot of skill to turn something like that.

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

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#14 posted 07-03-2011 09:03 PM

Thank you for all of your kind comments

-- it can't rain all the time!!

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#15 posted 01-31-2014 05:07 PM

Awesome piece! I am working with some yew right now and am getting some purple tones out of it. Where did you get the information about the iron being present in it? I was hoping to read up on this more since I noticed it was changing color as it sat out. I am looking to see if there is a process that I can get more of the color out of the wood.

-- Sven Gasser

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