Juniper Burl Vase

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Project by scrappy posted 03-13-2013 06:22 AM 1657 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 03-13-2013 06:42 AM

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 03-13-2013 08:44 AM

A real beauty Scrappy great work!!!!

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

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 11:06 AM

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 03-13-2013 11:10 AM

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 03-13-2013 11:34 AM

Very beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 11:36 AM

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 03-13-2013 12:07 PM

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 03-13-2013 01:47 PM

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 03-13-2013 04:06 PM

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

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 08:59 PM

Roots and burls are always leading to surprise. marvelous.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 09:21 PM

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 03-13-2013 09:39 PM

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 03-14-2013 04:18 AM

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 03-14-2013 06:15 AM

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 03-14-2013 06:50 AM

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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