Maple Burl Hybrid Cast Sphere

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 04-26-2018 02:26 PM 2693 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sphere is turned from a small piece of big leaf maple burl that has been cast in alumilite resin, to make use of what would otherwise be a piece of wood too small to be useful. This is my first attempt at a sphere, and as such there are a few missteps or opportunities in it. First, I used too much dye which made the resin part more opaque than I wanted but it did allow for a very interesting white glow where the wood meets the resin. I also failed to use the resin before the end of its shelf life, which causes the “B” part to turn into an almost gel like substance. This issue was easily solved by putting the jug in a hot water bath to return it to a thinner consistency (learned that afterwards). The higher viscosity led to small voids which I actually like and they really add something unique to the piece. The base is just a small piece of oak

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 02:50 PM

This piece is beautiful and I see nothing wrong with it. Kind of looks like something from outer space.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 03:23 PM

Looks beautiful. Not sure why but it reminds me of the Flammarion Engraving. Peering into the great beyond – or something like that.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 09:40 PM

WOW is all my mind thought when I saw the pictures.

Then I read your text where you went about flogging yourself for errors only you will know about. When you goof up this good, shhhhhhhh, be quiet about it. The only thing I can find about it to mention something, and it’s not an error, it’s just that orb is so good, the base looks a little bland with it. I’m thinking a similar base in another wood to add a nice offset, and make it go BOOM a little more.

Then after the applause dies down you can always go back and try another one the way your mind saw the original. The thing about that is sometimes your mind was flawed, and the mistake Gremlins fixed it for ya.

Thanks for posting, that orb is awesome as it sits, and I’m glad you showed it to us.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 04-27-2018 12:24 AM


-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#5 posted 04-27-2018 01:37 AM

That looks pretty awesome… don’t go flogging yourself over the issues you identified.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 04-27-2018 07:06 AM

Dang. I don’t know how this one missed daily top three. It’s cool.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 04-27-2018 12:50 PM

Pretty cool turned projects with resin you make!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 12:56 PM

This is awesome looking! I wonder what it would look like if there were an LED in it. Either way I love this one!
Hat’s off to you!

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

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 04:40 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also! Thanks for Posting Darryl!

Regards Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 04-28-2018 06:25 PM

I think this looks just awesome, great idea, the voids are just a wonderful addition

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 04-29-2018 02:23 AM

What ever you did, do it again, it is oustanding. I think the epoxy will thin back out if you warm it in a pot of water.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 04-30-2018 04:00 AM

Darryl , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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

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#13 posted 04-30-2018 01:47 PM


I want to be clear that I am not flogging myself. My tagline for my social presence is “Dread knot and make something” which refers to the fact that I don’t worry about things not going to plan and continuing to create despite the obstacles. Sharing the process with others is just my way of showing how even though things don’t always go to plan, many times it leads to something much better than you initially envisioned. My hope is that someone who reads my story will persevere the next time something goes wrong only to discover something greater than expected. Most importantly though, thank you for your feedback.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#14 posted 05-06-2018 06:46 PM

Very nice project!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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