Various bowls using red gum burl

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Project by Bob Collins posted 10-17-2009 02:05 AM 1718 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These blanks were cut from Red Gum slabs to small for a coffee table top and to large for a single platter.
Am surprised at the ratio of people who like and dislike them. Safety gear is essental when turning these specially face shield to guard against the flying shrapnel. But lots of fun. The final polish was done with brown paper and finished with clear polyurethane

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 04:03 AM

very nice… that’s my kind of wood

you can put me in the like column

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 10-17-2009 04:06 AM

wood with lots of character

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#3 posted 10-17-2009 04:24 AM

I like them. Do you have any pictures of the before wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-17-2009 06:57 AM

I think thats what they call Knarley.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#5 posted 10-17-2009 07:54 AM

Great group of turniings. Lots of different styles. Fantastic wood. All very artfull.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 10-17-2009 12:43 PM

Bob I’m telling you I am going to have to come to Australia to see these.
You amaze me every time. Is this wood from a tree that grows in Australia?
Very fine work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- R

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 11:51 AM

Thanks all, glad some more like this wood.
Karson: I have just posted a different type of burl project and added some photo of the cut offs from the blank used.
Rod: Yes, the tree is River Red Gum which grows in Aust. the rot or borings are done by the Whitchety grub (a delicacy for the indiginous people). Lot better woods out here mate and I haven’t even used them. Have a look at the next lot with the West Australian Jarrah Burl – no rot in these.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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