Beauty or Beast

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Project by trifern posted 2329 days ago 1270 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You decide if this is a beauty or a beast. It does not have straight grain, even color, contains blotches, streaks, knots, holes and various other defects. It is red maple burl, measures 5” tall by 10” wide and has a wipe-on poly finish. Sometimes the ugliest and gnarliest are the most beautiful, in my eyes.

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

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#1 posted 2329 days ago

Looks like a beauty to me!

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

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#2 posted 2329 days ago

Hi Trifern.

Beauty, for sure! I like natural shapes and colors. That must have been tough to turn.

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#3 posted 2329 days ago

Beauty for definet

Geat work

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 2329 days ago

I vote for Beauty. The swirling grain and inclusions make it a unique piece of work. Very Nice work!

What species of wood?

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#5 posted 2329 days ago

I agree that that is a definite Beauty.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2329 days ago


I think that you will find an overwhelming majority will vote for beauty. I certainly will. This is a gorgeous turning. An absolutely unique piece of work.

Thank you for sharing this. I really appreciate it.

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

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#7 posted 2329 days ago

Definitely BEEEuuuuteeeeful

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#8 posted 2329 days ago

I’m with you: There is some beast in this, but the beastly element just gives it more beauty… what did you carve it with? I don’t know that I would take a chisel to all those knots, burl and bark, looks dangerous…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 2329 days ago

Sometimes even the ugliest thing you have ever seen has a small amount of beauty in it. This is not the case with this bowl: the grain pattern, swirls, and colors make this one a beauty.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Daren Nelson

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#10 posted 2329 days ago

The more beastly your pieces get…the more beautiful. I enjoy your posts.


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#11 posted 2329 days ago

Its very interesting. From every angle it looks different. That is what makes it a great piece.

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#12 posted 2329 days ago

This piece has too many flaws. Therefore it is ugly.

Common, are you kidding? This is gorgeous! Finding such an unusual and unique piece of wood with so much character is always a challenge. You’ve made a jewel out of it. Well done.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 2329 days ago

Beauty & a Beast of a bowl…Blkcherry

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#14 posted 2329 days ago

It’s garbage! Just send it to me and I’ll save you the trip to the dump.

Actually magnificent piece of wood, and beautifully crafted. Congrats!

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#15 posted 2329 days ago

I love it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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