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Birch burl bowl

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Project by Tony Strupulis posted 393 days ago 821 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago a fellow woodworker gave me two burls because I mentioned that I enjoy carving them into natural form bowls. This burl was still green when I got it. I would work on it every now and then, being careful not to remove too much material since it was still drying.

At first it looked like an ordinary burl. The bark was so thick you really couldn’t tell how much character it had. I started carving the inside first using a 1” Kutzall carbide sphere in a die grinder. Within the first couple minutes I knew this was something special. It was full of bird’s eyes! I had never seen bird’s eyes in birch before. I then switched to smaller Kutzall bits to remove the rest of the material.

The outside of the bowl was cleaned in a variety of ways. The bark was removed with a carving knife and palm gouges. It was extremely difficult to predict where the high spots would be, so I had to work carefully. The inner bark that remained was removed with the carving knife, gouges, and a Dremel wire wheel.

I spent HOURS sanding both the inside and outside with pieces of belt sander belts. I watched a lot of movies in the evenings with that bowl in my lap. In addition to hand sanding, I used some abrasive Dremel wheels. More sanding…

The finish is Minwax Tung Oil wiping varnish. I can’t remember how many coats I put on. I didn’t want the super thick plastic looking finish. The finish is thin, but it is high gloss and glass smooth.

This is one of those projects I’ll never sell or give away. I just have too many hours invested in it.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com





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deon

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#1 posted 393 days ago

Fantastic work, it looks like “nature made”

-- Dreaming patterns

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 393 days ago

I love the organic natural look of this. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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EPJartisan

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#3 posted 393 days ago

Great clean up job.. and looks like every moment sanding was worth it.. it shines like the insides of a sea shell.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 392 days ago

Thanks for the kind words…

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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#5 posted 390 days ago

At first glance, I thought it’s a shell. That’s a beauty! The shape and finish is just perfect. Excellent work!

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