|Project by mgburr||posted 07-19-2013 06:00 PM||1697 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This just shows what I’m patient enough to wait out. I received this Sycamore burl from a fellow woodworker several years ago. I let it set in my garage/workshop drying out, eyeing it periodically, wondering what I was going to make with this 60lb behemoth. Finally this last spring I had gotten to a point(after finally getting Franken-Block off the lathe) to make the cuts.
As the song says, “the first cut is the deepest” and there was no going back after I started. I made quite a few good sized pieces to work with, including some that was suitable for pen turning stock.
I chucked up the piece that would make a nice gift for a friend in Australia. made it round and hollowed it out.
The eye from the burl effect was tremendous, as was the crossing grains. The final coating was 2 coats of Tung-oil, as he requested that it feel more like wood, and not something overly smooth.
I made a pen to go with the cup, but didn’t take any pictures of it, as I didn’t want to spoil the surprise. Hopefully he’ll get a good pic that I can use to showcase them.