Manzanita Burl Bowl #6

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-22-2013 11:11 PM 1027 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Manzanita Burl Bowl #6 … this is going to be a long running series! We just ordered 166lbs of these unique anomalies of nature from mini to large sizes meaning a fist sized rough ball to around a 10”x10”x10” size.

This bowl features green and copper pigments / metallic powders in the stabilizer. Simple enough – no major excitement here just a simple flowing vessel.

Several more are completed pending photographs, and well there’s probably another 30-40 burls on their way!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 12:20 AM

eric these are really quite beautiful, and the way your turning them has proved to be a very good way to showcase this wood, really awesome…

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 12:24 AM

I like them. I am not a bowl turner but I do make small vessels along these same lines.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 01:20 AM

That is nice – where are you getting the material from?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 02:25 AM

Eric, been looking at all your Manzanita bowls, what a great display of beauty. Wish I knew more about the do’s and dont’s for turning them. It will be definitely on my bucket list. Great work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 02:53 AM

Thanks for the feedback – this has all been a unique experiment with new tools, new materials, and new techniques. I’m learning as I go – can’t pretend to have any secrets or answers just yet.

I have been buying off ebay – pinching a few burls here and there but the production is upping faster than I’m getting a supply so I fixed that today. – I now have 166lbs in three packages in transit from CA to NJ. I’m kind of excited about that, it’s a lot of wood and I like wood!

Figures I just got 8 more faceplates a couple months ago and I think I’m gonna order another dozen soon!

Though I did just realize in the past few weeks keeping them on the projects and especially bagging them that strait steel rusts QUICKLY. What’s pressed against the wood surface is a mess within a week. I may start using a treated paper liner or something. I have to sand them clean or wire brush them every time I take them off. The price is right though so, I’ll probably go along and gt more anyway.

Here’s some additional fruits of the weekends labors

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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