|Forum topic by TaliaferroVaia||posted 11-21-2015 04:03 AM||885 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
11-21-2015 04:03 AM
Hello and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this post.
I am an amateur woodworker who has taken a recent interest in turning, especially in turning found treasures (ie: burls in my woods, and other nifty pieces of wood laying around my firewood pile or surrounding forests) I don’t yet have a lathe, but my wife will most likely be getting me one for my birthday next summer (hint hint!!) In assured anticipation, I have been scouring the woods on our land for interesting things to eventually turn.
After watching some videos and reading many articles online, I have started keeping an eye out for burls and other interesting pieces of wood that may eventually be turned into something… well something more than just a hunk of wood, and hopefully a pretty one at that.
To the point: I found what I strongly believe to be a burl at the base of a small, contorted (maple?) tree. After much digging and a badly dulled chainsaw chain, I recovered the piece pictured in this post. It should also be noted that rest of the small tree did not go to waste. I have a crotch piece that I plan on cutting into a bowl blank and about 4.5 feet of log that I will allow to season before milling into boards (trying to get some spalting). The rest – about 15 lineal feet of ~3” diameter will be used to roast marshmallows on our first spring camping trip.
My question: I have tried to give enough photographic information to formulate some good advice, because I have no idea what I’m doing here. First – This is a burl, yes? If so, and I’m pretty certain I have something pretty cool here, what do I do with it? I would like to allow it to dry naturally, and have read that sealing the sawed ends and letting it sit in a dark, dry place for a few years will do that. I have also read that I could cut it into a blank, seal all cut surfaces, and allow it to dry for … some amount of time.
I would really appreciate feedback anyone can give me on this. How to go about cutting it for a bowl blank, etc… I was pretty excited to find it, worked pretty hard to get it out of the ground and would like to do something cool with it.
Following images are of the bottom, close up, side, and front of my piece, respectively.
Thank you in advance – Matt.