Stump Burl

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Project by Cedarman posted 05-15-2012 07:58 PM 1933 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems that the harder you work for a pice of wood the better the reward. Digging up a 2000 lb stump is only the begenning of the process. Next comes picking rocks out of crevaces and yes , some rocks get compleyely enveloped within the stump- not very blade friendly. Then Pressure washing cleans the entire stump. Cut the roots back so the stump fits on the mill, build a jig to hold it while sawing. About two or three blades later, you have maybe 20 percent of wood you started with. Then make turning blanks. Turning the stump burl is easy when green, but after drying, the wood turns rock. Extremely sharp tools are a necessity.

-- Adam, Ridgeway,Va

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 09:54 PM

Looks like all of your efforts have paid off : ) Fantastic grain in that bowl !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 10:24 PM

Excellent work! Very eye catching piece, thanks for sharing and welcome aboard.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 10:30 PM

Beautiful wood and very nice turning.

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 10:44 PM

That is awesome! Nice to see I am not the only one who saves stumps:)

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 11:26 AM

That’s beautiful, certainly is a lot of work, but the results speak for themselves.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 01:40 PM

Beautiful results from all of your efforts.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 02:07 PM

Your bowl looks great, and that Oliver Lathe is not bad either. Both your tools and your wooden projects
are good. You did not mention what type of root that was, I have never dug up a cedar, or juniper root,
so I do not know if they are a different color than the top. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 02:36 AM

That’s a great turning, I know what you mean about the trees engulfing the rocks. After I cut the monster tree down in my yard, I ground the stump down, hit 4 rocks two of them were granite, broke 5 huge teeth on the grinder and spent half a day welding new teeth on about $80 worth.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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