Maple burl bowl

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Project by MonteCristo posted 10-03-2012 06:51 PM 961 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Straight-grained Western Big Leaf Maple is not the most spectacular wood, but the burls are another matter. On hardwood-starved Vancouver Island they are a real treat ! 9.5” in diameter.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 07:04 PM

Beautifully done. What an amazining piece of wood!

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 07:28 PM

Looks great with that natural edge.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 07:32 PM

good, a post from you I can comment on! :-) I went to your projects & i like your shed & ladle/spoon..Burls are very cool & this one is no exception. Keep turnin’

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 08:49 PM

hi great burl bowl i love it never turned a burl but seeing yours
i must look and see if i can get one and try it

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 09:31 PM

Beautiful piece of wood. I like that bark inclusion.
Did you have to do much sanding?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 09:38 PM

Well done !! Beautiful figure and nice turning : )

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

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 12:17 AM

Hi Scott:

The sanding wasn’t too onerous, mainly because WBLMaple isn’t all that hard. When it gets too punky, then you’re in a different bind as it’s hard not to create divots. Thankfully this piece had softened some but wasn’t too far gone.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 12:26 AM

Great Bowl! I need to get my self some burls!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#9 posted 10-04-2012 02:18 AM

WOW ... you can say that again!! Nicely turned, Dwight!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 10-04-2012 01:45 PM

Beautiful bowl! I wish we had big leaf maple growing in East Tennessee. I’ve got a little bit of quilted big leaf maple and it’s fantastic. I’m stuck sawing and working with sugar maple and red maple…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 01:48 PM

Nice job. Great looking piece of wood.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#12 posted 10-04-2012 04:14 PM

Beautiful burl bowl !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#13 posted 10-04-2012 04:36 PM

That is fantastic looking, great job!

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#14 posted 10-04-2012 09:10 PM

Thanks for the reply.
I have heard that it is hard to get a smooth surface straight from the tool with burl, and that it usually requires loads of sanding to get a good finish.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Monte Pittman

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#15 posted 10-05-2012 12:13 AM

Extremely beautiful wood. Nicely cut.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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