Burl Bowl -50th Bday pres

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Project by TJ65 posted 09-25-2010 05:51 AM 2200 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you may remember that I was at a loss to what to get for my husbands 50th birthday. Many of you mentioned that whatever I do or get to make it memorable, well I think I managed to do just that.
Firstly just in time I was given a piece of what I think is Red Gum Burl and as you can see in the last picture it was pretty well cooked. So my first job was to clean off all the burnt wood and rescue what I could. That was fun or should I say an experience!!!!!!! On the day that I decided to do it, it was pretty windy, I was outside with an attatchment on the grinder removing all the coal. By the end of day one I was absolutely filthy, covered head to toe in blackness!!!! All the while thinking that I hope the neighbours didn’t have any washing on the line!! The second day was less windy but by far less clean- it was just a different colour!!
It took most of the week (couple of hours grabbed after work & on weekends) to get it to a stage where I was happy with the design of it. I didn’t change it much on what nature had already given me but tried to enhance what was already there. Most of this project was varing stages and grits worth of sanding. I took it down to 600 grit and then sealed it with a shellac sealer and then used 2-3 of coats of burnishing oil. And then buffed it up. It soaked up up a lot and had already started to crack but I think it was me who was doing the cracking as I was working on it upside down putting pressure on it.
Anyway I was very patient and didn’t post it until hubby was given it FULL of CHOCOLATE!!!!!
Since he loves the bush he absolutely adored it, he had only seen it when it was burnt and shortly after, I had to try & hide it from him and at times he was banned from entering the workshop!This project was so different from what I have done in the past I really had a ball and intend to do more of it when summer comes around so I can be outside.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 09-25-2010 05:54 AM

Very nicely done!

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#2 posted 09-25-2010 06:01 AM

Great looking piece, and chocolate too!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 06:27 AM

very nice, wonderful job

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 07:01 AM

Hey that’s great! And filled with chocolate too! Next year you can give him a shoe!!


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#5 posted 09-25-2010 07:44 AM

If I received something like this from my wife I would love it too!! You did a superb job of love with this bowl.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 08:01 AM

I would say that it the perfect present!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 10:54 AM

Cool gift I’m sure he will think of it often. Great post

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 11:09 AM

This is really a cool present. The color and finish on it are amazing! I am glad you posted a ‘before’ picture so we could see how it looked originally. I would have never believed it. It is beautiful now and it looks to me like you made a family heirloom!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 11:54 AM

That is fantastic. Now I’m going to have to root in fire pits?! I like that you used shellac and oil to finish it. I’m not a fan of lacquers although I have used them (yuck).
The before, after and in use pics are a nice touch.
“he absolutely adored it” How could he not? :)
Thanks for posing this.

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#10 posted 09-25-2010 12:01 PM

Very nice interesting piece. Great gift for a lucky man. Thanks for positng the before picture. You must have a knack for visualizing what can be done with things. Nice job.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#11 posted 09-25-2010 12:11 PM

This is a beautiful dish. A unique gift for an outdoor lover with a sweet tooth. A lot of hard work (and lover) went into this. Thank you for sharing some photos.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 02:55 PM

That looks great. I love carving with the angle grinder. Which attachment did you use?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#13 posted 09-25-2010 06:54 PM

The bowl really turned out beautiful! You have a very lucky hubby.

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#14 posted 09-25-2010 07:35 PM

hi great bowl it is amazing what you can find in a old piece of wood if you have the patience and love for wood you have found and created a masterpiece well down and happy birthday to your lucky husband


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#15 posted 09-25-2010 08:58 PM

Good on you! The chocolate is a great cherry on top!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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