Juniper Burl Vase

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Alligator Juniper Root Burl Vase

6” tall x 3 ” diam. Finished with Wipe on Poly and Wax.

Picked up this Burl through another LJ from Sacrament Calif. that I met in Sedona Arizona. He has a supplier there and we both got some nice burls that day.

It is the first time that I have turned a RAW burl. Was a real challenge starting from a very ugly irregular piece of wood, and trying to get the largest useable piece from it.

When you think about burls (at least when I do) you usually think of the big round knob growing out of the side if a tree trunk. That is NOT what this was. Root burls are a LOT different. Wish I would of taken a pic of the burl before cutting it. Not round, Not solid, Roots sticking out all over, Bark that is full of dirt and small pebbles.

Like I said…UGLY! But, I saw potential in it. Also I like a challenge, and am ready to try another one.

Sorry about the pics. I am not a photographer.

Please leave all comments and suggestions. All ways looking to improve and your ideas help.
Thanks for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 532 days ago

Very nice! Great figure and shape.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 532 days ago

A real beauty Scrappy great work!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 532 days ago

You really turned that piece of coal into a diamond for sure. Hard to see what you described as it’s beginning looking at what it turned into. Beautiful.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 532 days ago

super, scrappy! great vase & I like the little collar

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

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#5 posted 532 days ago

Very beautiful

-- 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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#6 posted 532 days ago

Wow! Scrappy that is just BEAUTIFUL!
You have become so skilled at turning, man you have got skills!
Keep up the great Work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 532 days ago

Beautiful Scrappy. Very nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 532 days ago

What fun it is to see what is underneath the surface of an old or burly hunk of wood. You have done this hunk justice and have created a very, very nice piece.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 532 days ago

Beautiful Dan. Done as only to true artist could do.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 532 days ago

Roots and burls are always leading to surprise. marvelous.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#11 posted 532 days ago

Another very nice turn Scrappy, it might have started as an ulgy duckling but you sure did the magic wand trick, like the neck treatment, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 532 days ago

hi that is one lovely piece of work love the shape off it and the patron on it is fantastic


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#13 posted 531 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I really enjoyed watching this piece come alive.

Keep it up.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 531 days ago

That came out great. I would have liked to see pics of it before you started to see all the challenges you went through, I have not got the chance to work with burls.

-- Chris ~ Central Michigan

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#15 posted 531 days ago

Scrappy, That is a beautiful result. The best part about working with burls is you never quite know what you will finish up with, and by leaving a few natural voids here and there creates a true work of art.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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