LumberJocks

Maple Burl Bowl

  • Advertise with us
Project by BillG posted 907 days ago 943 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to visit with an extremely talented wood carver. He specialized in authentic anatomical representations of birds. His work is amazing. He mounted many of his pieces in burl chunks as the base. I asked him where he got the burl from. He said that he cut up a large maple and cut out all the burls. He had quit a few chunks and generously gave me one.

I have had opportunities to work on burls in the past, but this was a big piece and quite exceptional. I was able to cut the burl in half and still create this large bowl. I spent a fair amount of time envisioning the bowl inside and finding the center that would allow me to cut it out. After sawing away as much of the waste as I could, I mounted it on a face plate and got my tail stock with a center point jammed into the front. I slowed down my lathe to its slowest speed and turned it on. The lathe was wobbling, but not too bad, so I started cutting. All went well and after a while I extracted the bowl from the burl. The live edge is beautiful and the burliness is amazing.

I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA





6 comments so far

View schloemoe's profile

schloemoe

688 posts in 1536 days


#1 posted 907 days ago

Nice very nice that is a talent that seems to elude me…..........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

111999 posts in 2175 days


#2 posted 907 days ago

Beautiful burl

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Transition's profile

Transition

339 posts in 1141 days


#3 posted 907 days ago

Beautiful work; beautiful wood…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

View doncutlip's profile

doncutlip

2832 posts in 2154 days


#4 posted 907 days ago

Love it, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View peteg's profile

peteg

2816 posts in 1420 days


#5 posted 907 days ago

Lovely piece of timber, great finish :)
pete

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

View bramble's profile

bramble

2 posts in 907 days


#6 posted 907 days ago

I knew there was something beautiful in that burl, and you did a great job finding it! Really enjoyed seeing the results. Best, Jim

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

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase