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#1 posted 09-09-2011 10:53 PM

This is a toughie , not knowing how thick it is. Too bad it was decapitated to start with , but that’s probably how it turned into a gifted piece. At first glance , it looks like 3 pieces to me .I would separate the hippo’s head from the body. The head and neck could then be separated into 2 smaller pieces for lathe turning. The figure you see is what you will get, ,magnified by circumstance , if you continue to slice on the plane already set. The eyes you see on the top won’t be limited to that top 1/2 ” or so, but will carry through with bisecting rays (I bet) . This would be the plane to follow if you were going to resaw this lady…Veneers ? how much will you lose to kerf etc. remember that burls can often hide vacuoles and incursions of all sorts of oddities, most of which are not good for the saw blade and screw up the continuity of veneer surface area and you can end up with a whole lot less than what you thought you would If it were mine it would be lathe turned into at least three objects…but hey , I’m old and set in my ways … the hippo is an interesting idea though, just sharpen up your carving tools, add an inspired cut or two and voila, the hippo is free ! just don’t throw him/her into the pond, she’d just go belly up & sink !
Good luck, happy deciding, and have at it ! Is it a big leaf maple burl ?

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