Maple Burl Cap Bowl - Offset Turning Natural Edge/Base

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 02-06-2013 04:02 AM 2211 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I posted an assortment of random turning blanks I accumulated from various sources. This particular maple burl was an ebay purchase.

I kept it around pondering what to do with it and waiting to get some time to play with the lathe. In the past few weeks I had some time while other projects were in mid-stream and decided to see what would happen when this began to spin.

Keeping it simple the blank was mounted slightly offset to allow the deepest spot to be centered. A gentle sloping hollow was created leaving the back surface and edges natural. I only flattened the bottom enough to allow the bowl to sit. The finishing step will be to put three simple button feet on the bottom to ensure it always remains stable.

The bowl is finished with a spray shellac on the outside – afterall who wants to try to hand rub oil on porcupine??? The top surface is finished in Waterlox tung oil varnish.

This bowl attended one local art show – and found a home. Very simple yet very unique seems to attract an amazing amount of attention.

Now – we’re curious just wait and see what we found from the storm fall searches! We’re trying to get set to move what has to be a 4,000lb maple burled trunk section to a yard where we can begin to cut it and assess what our plans are for turning it into artwork!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 04:35 AM

Looks very nice. Great work.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 11:01 AM

Nice job Eric. Very elegant.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 03:17 PM

That’s awesome and very interesting! Great idea on the button feet for stability.

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