Redwood Burl Bowl

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Project by SugarbeatCo posted 12-14-2013 10:16 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this big old hunk of redwood burl has been in my shop most of the summer and I finally got the urge to make it something beautiful.. Its big, measuring about 15 1/2”. Its finished with Mahoney’s Walnut Oil, and buffed with Mahoney’s Wax (if you guys haven’t used it as a foodsafe finish I HIGHLY recommend it, I buy it by the 5 gallon bucket). These larger bowls are a bit of a challenge because of the increased amount of chatter once the wall thickness is decreased. I wasn’t entirely happy with the transition of the inside of the bowl, but it matches the outside as closely as I could with the amount of chatter I was experiencing. Redwood is a challenge to turn as it is so soft, it is extremely prone to tear out. With the lace type burl it is more difficult because the birds eyes tend to pop out.. Not to mention the ever present change of grain direction. With a half inch of clearance between the bed of my lathe and the bowl, I could not use a steady rest, nor did I have the time to make one :P All in all I’m pretty pleased with it, but I welcome any comments and critiques you may have. Thanks for

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 11:21 PM

VERY beautiful bowl!!

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 11:40 PM

Great looking bowl, I wish I had the ability to turn larger than 10 inches

-- Norman

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 11:45 PM

Beautiful bowl,great job.

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 08:43 AM

Wow, beautiful burl and nicely turned….excellent job.

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 05:43 PM

That is beautiful,

-- Vince

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 10:05 PM

Thank you all for the encouragement, I really appreciate it.

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 11:41 PM

You did a great job.
I have stayed away from soft woods like Redwood because it is so easily dented and damaged if it is used. I guess it could just be for display.

-- Les B, Oregon

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