Spalted Copper Beech Bowl #6

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 11-28-2013 07:04 AM 1240 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spalted Copper Beech Bowl #6 is completing tomorrow. Not sure exactly where this one will go just yet. Its showing the diversity in this tree once again. I guess this is where that copper in the name comes from? It does have a cherry or copper look to it.

Repeat info – this material is from my grandmother’s copper beech that came down in Hurricane Sandy – the tree was planted on her property when she moved in and she loved it throughout her time in her home. The tree came down in 2012 during Sandy after she passed away.

We saved several sections of the tree – which were rotten, spalted, burled, currly, cross grained, and mineral stained. This tree had a little of everything – but mainly a lot of rotten sections. We stabilized it as we setup to turn. I have a few more in the works that I will post probably later this week.

There is one large section of stump left that should yield some unique pieces. I hope to have this tree all turned by year end. The pieces are being distributed through the family as keepsakes and to keep Millie’s memories and love of this little tree alive.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 08:47 AM

Beautiful job. Great display of the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 11:17 AM

Getting hard to decide which one I like best.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 05:23 PM

Lovely shape to this bowl. I like it a lot.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 05:30 PM

Very nice. I hope you have lots of that wood left after sharing it; it is full of character. Beautiful!


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#5 posted 11-28-2013 11:00 PM


I have – let’s see – a large split stump section left about 24” x maybe 16” in diameter … IDK exactly. At this moment I plan to split it down the middle with a chainsaw. then figure out where to align two large diameter bowl blanks. I’ll core those out to optimize as much as I can with material. I hope to get three bowls out of each blank.

Then there will be a section above or below that which will I think turn 2-3 more small bowls out of each section. Then I have one more cut off cross section and some misc small blanks.

I have to see what else if anything is left there. Then it all falls to the god’s of wood to see if it turns out cool, blows up, or is meh … we’ll have a few around the shop once they are distributed.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 01:23 AM

Nice. I planted a couple of these trees a few years ago. Man do they grow slow! Mine are growing about 3” a year. They are beautiful trees. They are called copper because the leaves are that color. Stunning when mature under the right growing conditions.

-- tel

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 01:27 AM

Yeah this was a nice tree as far back as I can remember – my uncle was very happy that we put it to use. He cared for it for many years. We’ll all get a few heirlooms out of it to keep it all alive.

It’s amazing what you can do with stabilizing wood, most of this would have been utterly useless otherwise.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 12-02-2013 01:15 AM

Another beauty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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