These are Mananita Burl turned bowls with natural edges that came from the hills of Napa Valley

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Project by Bob Sandau posted 03-23-2013 02:46 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Napa Valley Manazanita Burl bowls, these Manazanita plants were pulled from the ground about 60 years ago and have been sitting on top of the ground ever sense, I just recently discovered them, and concider them as jewels in the rough. I have several more of these fine and fairly rare pieces of Bulr and plan on turning them is the near future.

-- Bob, Napa Ca.

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 06:16 PM

Nice find and work.
I have turned Manzanita burl (from the Santa Cruz Mountains) and found it great to turn, except for the occasional rock that gets imbedded in the nooks of the burl roots. Also I have found that if you don’t seal it well with a lacquer or varathane it will gradually darken and make it hard to see the wonderful grain and color. Even sealed it will gradually darken. Be sure to wear face and eye protection while turning it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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