Hand carved maple burl cap

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Project by schwingding posted 03-07-2008 12:30 AM 2993 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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#1 posted 03-07-2008 12:35 AM

i think it looks cool.

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#2 posted 03-07-2008 12:35 AM

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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#3 posted 03-07-2008 12:40 AM

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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#4 posted 03-07-2008 12:46 AM

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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#5 posted 03-07-2008 03:09 AM

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.

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#6 posted 03-07-2008 03:28 AM

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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#7 posted 03-07-2008 05:33 AM

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

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#8 posted 03-07-2008 05:41 AM

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

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#9 posted 03-07-2008 10:16 AM

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."

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#10 posted 03-08-2008 02:48 AM

Nature can be so beautiful at times!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 03-08-2008 03:27 AM

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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#12 posted 03-08-2008 08:20 AM

Impressive as always! It looks like its boiling over.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 03-12-2008 06:45 PM

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

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#14 posted 03-12-2008 11:11 PM

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

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