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Can anyone identify this?

by hairy
posted 1699 days ago


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rustedknuckles

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#1 posted 1699 days ago

Where the heck did you find that? I have no idea what it is, burl/root/rootburl. Is it very hard? You could use a bit of it to make a pipe bowl if it is dense enough.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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lew

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#2 posted 1699 days ago

I clean these out of the back yard every day. We have a basset hound that loves to eat ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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hairy

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#3 posted 1699 days ago

It seems to be hard and dense, but not heavy for it’s size. It was a part of a craigslist purchase, a local woodturner was giving it up and sold his turning stock.

Gee, thanks lew! (insert big cheesy grin here)

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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rustedknuckles

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#4 posted 1699 days ago

Do you think it might be Brier wood? We need to see a slice and get some idea of the grain pattern.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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khop

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#5 posted 1699 days ago

Prehistoric Bone?

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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patron

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#6 posted 1699 days ago

i think it looks like my stomach ,

after ” ducky ” on NCIS ,

gets done with me !(LOL)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1699 days ago

It does look like a burl. You could turn it or slice it and make clocks from the the slices or whatever you decide you want.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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rustedknuckles

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#8 posted 1699 days ago

Oh come on folks, I think its beautiful, it reminds me of something, not too sure what, hmmm.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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Mark

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#9 posted 1699 days ago

a potatoe!

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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patron

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#10 posted 1699 days ago

what ever you do with it ,
you have to cut it somewhere ,
then we can see what it looks like inside .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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kcrandy

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#11 posted 1699 days ago

Fossilized Godzilla gonads!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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scrappy

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#12 posted 1699 days ago

I think I saw that on the SciFi movie I was watching the other day. haha

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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mmh

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#13 posted 1699 days ago

It looks like Manzanita to me. Probably from an arid area of CA or nearby state.
If I’m correct, do I win it????

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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tamboti

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#14 posted 1699 days ago

Hairy PLease do not cut it but try to turn 2 or 3 bowl in it as a whole it will be tricky but worth the effort.
I say this with out knowing the size of your lathe. If u have a swivel head u are ok or outboard will do, good luck and post what ever u do. keep safe.
Regards Roger In SA
ps It is fossilised dragon entrails ha ha ha

-- Africa is not for sissies

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hairy

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#15 posted 1698 days ago

Thanks everyone!

I think I’ll wait until I have a project in mind before cutting into it.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Dan'um Style

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#16 posted 1698 days ago

does it smell bad?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Chuck

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#17 posted 1698 days ago

its a tree tumor … is that what a burl is?

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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mmh

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#18 posted 1698 days ago

I’m positive, it’s Manzanita root/burl.

As for a project, it could be a bowl or display piece. First, clean it up by carefully removing the odd twigs and dirt/rocks that may be creviced inside. Then lightly sand the wood and it will reveal the burl pattern. You can use a belt sander to eliminate more and shape it. It looks like it would have an interesting pattern and with the natural hollowed shape, could become a dish. You may need to fill in some major gaps with an epoxy/wood filler, just add your favorite wood dust to the epoxy, dry, then sand. Coat with a poly/tung finish.

I’ve used this technique for most of my Manzanita canes and this one was extremely odd shaped like your piece of wood: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/10288

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Blake

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#19 posted 1698 days ago

Definitely Manzanita burl.

This box was made out of a piece that started out looking EXACTLY like that…

Click for details

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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