Maple Burl with Turquoise

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Project by doubleDD posted 08-13-2017 11:57 PM 1956 views 2 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my best bowl to date. My first successful time with turquoise and a great glass like finish. It was a very stable burl and has some of the best wild grain I ever saw. I started it back in April, cutting small amounts at a time every few days, speeding up the drying process. Then 4 coats of lacquer to a nice finish before buffing, then I dropped it. OK sand it down and refinish it. Dropped it again, and again and again, etc.
Six times this bowl was dropped and refinished before I got to the end without disaster. It took 3 cans of spray lacquer and a lot of sandpaper to get there but it was worth it. This is also my first time with great results with the turquoise stone. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. This one will be in my private showcase.
8” x 4”, lacquer finish, and 3 staged buffed.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 12:05 AM

Very awesome. Something to be proud of for sure.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 12:09 AM

Nicely made bowl.

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 12:18 AM

Your persovalance(sp?) paid off… It’s BEAUTIFUL!! You did a Super Great Job on it!

Did you consult Jim Jakosh? He may have been able to save a little grief in the learning process.

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 12:19 AM

Dave, For goodness sake, don’t drop it anymore. Looks like you’re progressing in your turning!

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#5 posted 08-14-2017 12:24 AM

It looks great, Dave! Oh, and what Tom said… :)

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 12:25 AM

WOW….........real pretty bowl, Dave!!


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#7 posted 08-14-2017 12:43 AM

The grain and that beautiful shine and that awesome looking turquoise and you dropped it 6 times? I’m going to start dropping my work and hope it turns out this nice! LOL!! Great looking bowl Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 12:47 AM

Very pretty you did a Great job.

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#9 posted 08-14-2017 12:52 AM

Dave, I can’t understand why you dropped it so many times???? If I had a piece of wood as beautiful as that one is I would never drop it. LOL
That is really beautiful and I love that wild grain, “SUPERBO”, love the finish too. I would be hanging onto it if it was mine.
Congratulations and I’m sure this will be a “TOP THREE”.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 08-14-2017 01:34 AM

Absolutely stunning!

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#11 posted 08-14-2017 01:47 AM

Very nice piece, great workmanship.

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#12 posted 08-14-2017 02:05 AM

WOW!!! That looks great buddy

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#13 posted 08-14-2017 02:18 AM

looks beautiful!

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#14 posted 08-14-2017 02:34 AM

Monte, it’s going in my private collection. I don’t have the heart to use it, yet.

Thanks ralbuck, I proud of this one.

Thanks Joe. I talked to Jim about a year or so ago about the turquoise. He told me how he did it and it wasn’t anything different than what I was doing. I must of been doing something wrong cause this one turned out perfect.
Practice makes perfect I guess.

Thanks Tom. I thinking of wrapping it in bubble wrap before displaying it. LOL.

Charlie, believe me, no more dropping. Thanks.

Thanks Jim. It took me awhile but I finally got the turquoise filling right.

Thanks Tony, remember talking to you about a month ago and at that time dropping it 4 times, well a couple more and another can of lacquer fixed that. Haha.

oldrivers, thanks

Thanks Bob. You know I finished 3 other bowls while working on this one and never even got close to dropping any of them. I guess this one will have a special meaning, and story.

Thanks Jerry.

Tom D, thanks.

Thanks hoss. Glad to finish this one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 08-14-2017 03:27 AM

Thanks for the nice comment TungOil.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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