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07-23-2009 12:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: burl redgum burl

I have named this redgum burl big Bertha. It measures 560X360X500 (22”X14”X20”).
Naming the burl was the easy part, now comes the question, what do I do with it?, (besides giving it away to another Lumberjock).
In one respect it looks too good to cut up. In another it could be cut into many fine pieces.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Karson

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 01:05 AM

A wall hanging clock.

Or maybe make a big dog and use this as a turd.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 01:07 AM

i like Karsons second idea, big wooden dog and that as the turd, could be used in an art gallery, they show all kinds of…. crap ;)

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 01:43 AM

I’ll turd that….....................................LOL Great idea Karson.

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 01:54 AM

Maybe I should have named it Karson’s dog turd instead. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 03:27 AM

Ooh it’s beautiful. It’s a big one eh? Maybe a plant holder? (by hollowing it out) That way you get to keep the whole burl and show it off. Or like bentlyj said, a lamp? What ever you make out of it I can’t wait to see the end product!
But no disrespect to Karson, ixnay the urdtay idea, Please! LOL!!!
PEACE!!!

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 03:37 AM

Well Grumpy I was going to say something about falling (BABE Paul Bunyan’s blue ox)around with a shovel.

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 03:38 AM

The turner in me is drooling at the thought…but that piece would make a lot of interesting things….vaneer, bowls, resawn into lumber for a project, table, chair….etc…etc…

if you dont want to cut it up…smooth it out and make a nice waterfall out of it too….it would be nice…put in some copper or ceramic bowls…let the water cascade and wallla!

A beautiful open bowl…..a wall hanging…a clock…like said above….I don’t think you could run out of ideas for that….I keep hoping that I will run into a good find like that….

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#8 posted 07-23-2009 03:46 AM

How about some 4 way bookmatched pieces?

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#9 posted 07-23-2009 03:55 AM

In the first pic, I’d slice it pretty much in half, taking the top to make a bowl and then slab the lower half for bookmatched pieces on the front of a large piece or a matching set of something.

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#10 posted 07-23-2009 04:33 AM

I like reggiek’s first thought, it would make an awesome bowl. If you used a coring system you could get two or three bowls from it.

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#11 posted 07-23-2009 04:45 AM

Wow what a fine

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#12 posted 07-23-2009 05:06 AM

Great find! Diamond in the rough.

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#13 posted 07-23-2009 05:01 PM

Grumpy: I didn’t mean any disrespect.

Here is my Turtle (a burl)


I believe that it is walnut.

He sits by my door to the shop and welcomes all who enter.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#14 posted 07-24-2009 12:28 AM

Karson, It would take a lot more than that to offend me. That is one great looking piece of walnut.
What will you do with that one?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 07-24-2009 12:31 AM

He’s a door stop Grumpy. I’ll let my heirs figure out what to do with him. Some pieces of wood are destined to just stay some pieces of wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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