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Hand carved maple burl cap

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Project by schwingding posted 2336 days ago 2020 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This maple burl cap measures 20” across. The bottom is untouched, and is sharp and pointy! All hand carved/shaped and finished with several coats of shellac, then rubbed to a satin finish.

I’ve had this cap for several years, never knowing exactly what to do with it. Just finally decided to carve it out and leave the cap intact. All comments/suggestions welcomed. Thanks for lookin!

-- Just another woodworker





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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 2336 days ago

i think it looks cool.

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trifern

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#2 posted 2336 days ago

WOW!! That is one beautiful hunk of wood. Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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GaryK

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#3 posted 2336 days ago

How about using it as an ash tray? Just kidding!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2336 days ago

This looks pretty good as it is. I don’t know that you could have done anything else with it. If it were mine I would glue it to the bases and use it as a decorative bowl. This is a very distinctive piece.

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

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Daren Nelson

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#5 posted 2336 days ago

I think is very pretty, yes those eyes are very sharp I have scars to prove it. I have a couple pallets of burl laying around. Thanks for the inspiration, I think instead of just collecting them I see a few projects in my near future.
burls

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RobH

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#6 posted 2336 days ago

I would be afraid to touch a piece of wood like that. Especially with hand tools.

That looks great. Thanks for showing, and keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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Woodshopfreak

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#7 posted 2335 days ago

Looks very nice. I love the bowls with that hand touch.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2335 days ago

Beautiful it almost looks like something you would see snorkeling off a corral reef.

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cajunpen

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#9 posted 2335 days ago

That is cool – I really like the finished/carved side. Talk about beauty and the beast :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Dadoo

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#10 posted 2335 days ago

Nature can be so beautiful at times!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Chris

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#11 posted 2335 days ago

Really, Really Nice work.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Blake

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#12 posted 2334 days ago

Impressive as always! It looks like its boiling over.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 2330 days ago

I just read your blog about inspiration. A giant clam …guess you could find one snorkeling.

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rikkor

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#14 posted 2330 days ago

No suggestions here. I think it looks great just as it is.

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