Manzanita Burl Bowl #17 - The first Butterfly Bowl!

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 257 days ago 709 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

#17 – what makes this bowl different from all other bowls? This particular specimen of manzanita is a dished out live edge form set to sit on a slant. It also has the addition of two ebony butterflies in the lower rim section. Why? IDK it looks cool! Every single bowl we do with this is unique, this one has a particularly interesting array of worm holes as well!

As usual – the OCD techniques in the butterflies are Mike Pietras’s doing … he also cut the angle on the base. Turning and finishing was my doing. He wandered by and said I’m going to add butterflies to this one … I said OK. Collaborations tend to produce the most unique stuff!

Another bowl that’s on its way to an event next week in NYC …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 257 days ago

Eric, that is stunning. I really do have to try and get some of that timber.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#2 posted 256 days ago

Sweet Manzanita bowl!! I love Manzanita burl!! Great work!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#3 posted 256 days ago

Another Manzanita hit maybe the best yet. That must have been a big tree.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 256 days ago

It looks amazing

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 256 days ago

eric, that is one beautiful piece of wood and you have done a great job in tooling it, the outcome is perfect, i really do like the dutchman, they do add a nice touch…they look to be a bit proud, am i correct, i like em…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#6 posted 256 days ago


Mike is the one who did the uniquely shaped butterflies – yes they are set proud, given the texture they blended in better that way, sanding them flush would ruin the surface of the rim.

Lumberjocks is cutting down the resolution a bit – I think this shows it better. I haven’t posted them anywhere in high resolution yet. I need some major updates to the website and should really get these on our blog.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 254 days ago

Holy Moly! That is purely fantastic! What color!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#8 posted 251 days ago

OK It’s official – we have kickstarted a campaign on Kickstarter … we need a new lathe and apparently this is a method to get some funding. Read the details, we’re offering a generous rewards system that basically is pre-selling our bowls, vases, and vessels in order to fund the purchase of a new lathe.

Please help us out if you can by sharing this link wherever you can – and of course if you want a bowl please sponsor (back) our campaign! – Thank you!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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