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Inner tissue revealed, poplar burl bowl

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Project by bowlturner posted 03-11-2020 11:02 PM 640 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I collected a big polar burl last week and turned it into a pot. After microwave-oven drying, the wood warped. The effect is prominent in poplar wood, since its tissue is soft. In addition, the surface displays fine structures; grooves along the curly and bumps on burls, as can be seen in the last picture.





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#1 posted 03-12-2020 01:32 AM

That’s beautiful.

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#2 posted 03-12-2020 03:51 AM

Great looking bowl bowlturner. That burl has a lot going on.

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#3 posted 03-12-2020 04:24 AM

I love it! I had no idea a poplar burl could be so beautiful. With all the poplar trees we have around here, I’ve never seen one with a burl. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

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#4 posted 03-12-2020 09:07 AM



That s beautiful.

- swirt


Thank you!

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#5 posted 03-12-2020 09:09 AM



Great looking bowl bowlturner. That burl has a lot going on.

- doubleDD


Yes, the burls show unique shrinkage pattern as they have discontinuity in structure. Thanks!

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#6 posted 03-12-2020 09:16 AM



I love it! I had no idea a poplar burl could be so beautiful. With all the poplar trees we have around here, I ve never seen one with a burl. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


Thanks! You are right in saying poplar burls are not distinctive compared to maple burls, when cut flat. Shrinkage of the tissue surrounding the burl structures enhance the contrast and therefore the burls are more emphasized. I also do not see poplar burls often. This one was harvested from a huge poplar. I guess the probability to get burl tissue in tree grows with aging.

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#7 posted 03-12-2020 01:05 PM

I think it looks fantastic. I never thought poplar could look like that. Great job!

-- Rich

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#8 posted 03-12-2020 02:13 PM

wow thats is a spectacular bowl,i never would have guessed you would get burl like that from poplar.nice work.

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#9 posted 03-12-2020 04:54 PM

It has artistic appeal that is very nice.

I like the idea of the microwave finishing the shaping for you to.

I am sure the warping and reshape add even more appeal than it already had!

Great Job!

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#10 posted 03-14-2020 02:14 AM



I think it looks fantastic. I never thought poplar could look like that. Great job!

- Rich1955


Typical white poplar is pain to turn and the results are not very pleasant. However poplar burl is quite attractive.

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#11 posted 03-14-2020 02:17 AM


wow thats is a spectacular bowl,i never would have guessed you would get burl like that from poplar.nice work.

- pottz


I had never collected a poplar burl of this size and density in the past 10 years. Good material makes a good bowl. Thanks!

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#12 posted 03-14-2020 02:20 AM


It has artistic appeal that is very nice.

I like the idea of the microwave finishing the shaping for you to.

I am sure the warping and reshape add even more appeal than it already had!

Great Job!

- ralbuck

Thanks for the praise. It took some time to develop a protocol for microwave drying. I will upload it some time in my blog corner. It is fun to observe the drastic twist after each round of heating in an oven.

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