Birdseye Maple table slab, Inlaid with Turquoise

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 04-28-2008 07:56 PM 15635 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a gorgeous little slab of Birdseye Maple….It naturally had several voids, which I decided to fill with Turquoise. I think the colors compliment eachother exceptionally well. I placed this slab on an Ash Juniper Root base…Really nice combination!
It is unfinished in the photos, I just got the first coat on it, and had to share!

Materials: Birdseye Maple
Inlay: Turquoise Nuggets
Finish: Catalyzed Lacquer

-- Joni Hamari,

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 08:18 PM

Wow! that is nice.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 09:14 PM

Joni, That is pretty enough to bring a tear to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 09:41 PM

Beautiful! Can you explain the inlay process? Did you mix up the pulverized stuff with epoxy and just glop it into the voids?

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 09:58 PM

Beautiful piece!! I just picked up one of your 5 bag lots on ebay, thanks for the link…I have been looking for some turquoise.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#5 posted 04-29-2008 12:24 AM

Gorgeous wood and turquoise. The turquoise looks as though it has always been there and only discovered when the wood was cut open. Great job.

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 12:26 AM

Absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderfully creative mind!

-- Betsy, Melbourne, Florida, USA

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 01:08 AM

that is a great piece. the turquoise is a very interesting addition. what sort of base did you make? i would love to see the table as a whole.

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#8 posted 04-29-2008 01:24 AM

Nice touch to a great piece of burl.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 04-29-2008 02:36 AM


The burl is beautiful enough in its own right and the voids would simply have added character to it but filling them with the turquoise adds a lot of visual interest to the piece.

Very nice.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#10 posted 04-29-2008 06:27 PM

Boy, a person could stare into that for a long time. Very nice.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#11 posted 04-29-2008 11:49 PM

Beautiful combination of materials.

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#12 posted 04-30-2008 03:28 AM

Amazing work. It looks like a map with lots of lakes and mountain ranges.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 04-30-2008 04:24 AM

I’d tell people it grew that way, they’d fall for it I bet.

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#14 posted 05-08-2008 04:19 AM

Wow What a piece of Art.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#15 posted 03-14-2010 03:41 AM

Absolutly beautiful!!

-- One Time Tree Man

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