What to do with a free burl 1st of 3 projects

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 09-04-2011 01:38 PM 1777 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this burl from my nephew while in MN this summer. He had found it on his Dad’s property and thought it was cool, but didn’t know what to do with it. I told him I knew exactly where it should go. Home with me!

This is the first chunk off the burl, not a lot to work with, but it’s a small conversation piece that my wife moves around from room to room like many of the other things I make. Following are the two other bowls I’ve made from this single burl.

I think it’s Cherry, but can’t be sure, since it didn’t come with a tag on it ;)

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 04:36 PM

LUCKY! could you tell me the best way to cut burl up the trunk or across? also this tree has a double burl I would say about 2’ across. thanks!

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 07:31 PM

B13, I cut this one up the trunk to keep away from the pith as much as I could and to make the most use of the burled area. Not saying it’s right or wrong, since this is the first time I’ve gotten the opportunity to cut one up, but I think it gave the best grain on third bowl. You can see from the first picture it was pretty much wrapped around the limb of the tree and there were a few cracks aready starting down the limb itself. I used a lot of cyanocrylate glue in the major cracks, which also not only kept it together, but also enhanced the rustic look…but that’s just my opinion.

Everything I’ve ever done has been self taught, and learned from the 2 years experience I have of turning anything I can find. I’m sure some of the more experienced turners might have better information.

So just eye it and go in the direction your woodsense tells you.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 08:14 PM

Wow Scott,

Great job. The kind of project that begs to be touched, SMOOTH….... Don Aka GPOPS

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#4 posted 09-05-2011 11:29 PM

Now this is one Gorgeous piece of Wood!! Great Job Scott

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 03:34 AM

keep me posted. I love working from log. Do you need to cut it down middle to keep it from cracking? How do these burls differ from tree trunks. On them I cut them green down middle and then whatever. This minimizes checking.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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