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Forum topic by Glen Peterson posted 01-05-2014 09:55 PM 1069 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Glen Peterson

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01-05-2014 09:55 PM

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I received 4 manzanita burls some years ago. I’d never seen anything so narled and dusty. I like turning odd lumps of wood and tried to turn some bowls, but the pieces were so fragile that they fell apart during turning, so now I have 2 burls and lots of little pieces. The maroon wood is quite beautiful. I sliced off some pieces and they are interesting abstract shapes. I’ve found various manzanita turnings on line, but does anyone have any during advice about turning this stuff?

-- Glen

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 10:12 PM

Check with EricMSaperstein, he does amazing work with manzanita.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 11:03 PM

Wrap it in LOTS of packing tape, except the small area you are cutting. This will help stabilize the fragile sides of the bowl. Liberal use of CA glue can help.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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