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Forum topic by Tom Godfrey posted 07-22-2012 04:29 AM 1285 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom Godfrey

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07-22-2012 04:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: turning cherry burl question

Going to try my hand at turning a cherry burl. I have access to several but wanting to start on a small piece. I really have no idea how to go about doing this. How do I make my first cut with chainsaw. Would appreciate any information anyone can give me on turning burls. Just not sure how to go about it, that is cutting to install on my lathe.
Thanks in Advance
Mr. Tom
note: maybe someone knows of a video I may be able to watch.
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-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 12:41 PM

Hi Tom. Sorry I can’t speak from experience because I have never turned one. I think, if I had to attempt it, I’d cut is off the tree and try to balance the pattern in the burl, if there is one, and center it that way to begin turning it…...........Jim

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 01:52 PM

I ruined a burl bowl turning many years ago trying to turn thin. Left approximately 12 inch waste on each side of the bury, seal ends and waited six months before turning,

Wood still wet and had many voids (holes) inside once bark removed. Started turning between centers using 2 prong center in headstock and live center in tailstock. Mounted in chuck and was doing well turning away inside until had a catch.

Good luck hope works out well for you.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 03:51 PM

Look up Cap’n Eddie Castelin’s web site. He’s a very accomplished turned. Lot’s of good info there.


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