Big Leaf Maple Burl, Wood Spirit Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 06-24-2014 05:13 PM 3640 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the natural shape and pins of Big Leaf Maple Burls. I’ve accumulated quite a pile of these things in my garage- they are nature’s art to me. Each one is so different and beautiful. This one is quite large measuring 18” tall and 13” wide, with a thickness of around 3 1/2”. In case you don’t know, burls are formed on trees due to some sort of stress, typically from an agro- bacteria- kind of like warts on people :) Burls from Big Leaf Maples are the only that I know of with such prominent pins.

If you’ve checked out any of my other posts, you know by now that I’m a power carver. For most of my spirit carvings I use a tool that is similar to a dentist’s- it is made by Foredom, and consists of a hanging motor, flexible shaft, foot pedal and hand piece. Some of the bits that I use for carving are as thin as needles. Some of the brushes that I use for painting are as thin as needles, as well.

A good day to all! I hope you enjoy seeing my work half as much as I enjoy creating it :)


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#1 posted 06-24-2014 05:29 PM

Outstanding! Beautiful burl, expert craftsmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 05:37 PM

Thank ya, thank ya :)


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#3 posted 06-24-2014 06:58 PM

Very cool. Looks cold, must be from Minnesota. :-D

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 07:06 PM

nice work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 07:47 PM

Uber cool! Great carving and great job of letting the wood speak.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 09:22 PM

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 12:18 PM

That is a very cool carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 06-25-2014 12:49 PM

#9 posted 06-25-2014 04:54 PM

Very interesting carving.


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#10 posted 07-02-2014 12:57 PM


-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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