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From large burl to one item out of the cutup process

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Project by mgburr posted 356 days ago 1339 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.
:-)





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Jim Sellers

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#1 posted 356 days ago

very interesting piece of wood. At 60 lbs it’s got to be bigger than it looks in the photos. You could get alot of pen blanks out of that for sure.

-- J.C.Sellers

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mgburr

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#2 posted 356 days ago

After drying, it reduced to about 40, but was still quite a bit of project wood out of it. I figure I’ve still got some bowls maybe a weedpot, or another pen cup, along with more pens :-)

I might be able to do a shallow bowl/dish, but will have to see how well the wood and I are ready to talk at that point :-D

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#3 posted 352 days ago

Awesome bowl! The burl is gorgeous with those pretty grains and colors. It would make a lot of beautiful pens.

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mgburr

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#4 posted 264 days ago

I did finally get a pic of the pen from same burl that was sent with the cup. It’s not a full pic, but definitely shows the character of the wood.

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