Manzanita Burl Bowl #3

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-12-2013 03:44 AM 900 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The manzanita madness saga continues – Introducing Bowl #3 … a non-stabilized chunk of red, orange, white, and yellow that has already begun to flex into an oblong state. Cracking and creaking quite a bit along the way.

I thought about adding epoxy inclusions in this, but the exterior took on such a cool rippled texture it would have been painful to me to remove that when it came time to turn, sand, and polish the epoxy. So I left it as is – its hard to see in the photos but as manzanita dries it becomes uneven and rippled or vein like striations appear on the surface. Some like the legs of a glass of wine, others like the veins in a leaf.

This is as thin as it gets down to 1/16th inch in certain areas so it was either stop or burn through. A nice crack appeared in that thin section so there’s a void giving it some additional character now.

This is some fun stuff to play with, it was very wet when I started and you get a bath when the water releases. Don’t let it dry to far though – as soon as this stuff is fully dried it is rock hard.

The color and texture and grain – all in every chunk of manzanita we turn is just amazingly intricate and individual. We’ll keep trying to find two the same, but I’m thinking this is a loosing hypothesis!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 03:58 AM

what a shame to know there is this and its thrown away or burned, oh what a shame..cant you contact some of the companies who get this stuff and make some kind of deal for what they get…i hate wood waste…..but as always your work here is very nice..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 04:26 AM

There’s scavengers that seem to get it around various sources. I’m starting to connect with some of them so hopefully my source contacts on these play out to get me a continued flow of good stuff. Then – from there hopefully they start to sell!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 07:47 AM

Wow, That is something else!

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

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