|Project by DaMoose||posted 07-29-2012 09:18 PM||3618 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
This is a maple burl table with a birch stump base. My Uncle made these and when he passed I inherited his equipment that was used to make these style tables when he passed. The burl measures 42” across the long side. It was given to him by a Canadian logger specifically for my Uncle to complete, but since my Uncle got very sick it sat for years in his shop until he passed and then my aunt told me about the burl and who it was supposed to go to.
The logger had also gotten a stump that he wanted used but had not been brought home from Canada and was left at my Uncles cabin. My other Uncle attempted to bring it back and was stopped at U.S. Customs and made to throw it away.
I went out and dug up this birch stump and dried it in my basement under tarps with a DE-humidifier and heater. Took about 60 days.
The burl was 8” thick when I started milling it down with the router jig my Uncle had made and when it was complete it was 4” thick. I then had to level the stump which was a task and assemble the whole thing.
Without notice I arrived the following spring in Canada at the loggers home and delivered on my Uncles promise. This was my first burl table and I have since acquired the remaining burls my Uncle had, some are much larger then this one, many around half the size. If I can get more stumps I intend on making several of these.
-- Ken, Michigan