Large Cherry Burl Bowl

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Project by Paul Mayer posted 07-20-2021 12:24 PM 483 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned this 13” dia. x 9” tall bowl from a cherry burl. I created a video on this project that you can find here:

Thanks for looking.



-- Paul Mayer,

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#1 posted 07-20-2021 02:24 PM

wow that is incredible,it looks radiant that cherry just glows.loved your vid showing the process,that would scare the hell outta me though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-20-2021 02:28 PM

Love the look of the burl, included pith and live edge

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Paul Mayer

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#3 posted 07-20-2021 02:30 PM

Thanks, Pottz. The first couple times working with this type of unbalanced, structurally compromised material is a bit unnerving. It gets easier and more fun after you have a few under your belt. Superglue and epoxy are your friends, along with a good face shield, slow RPM and knowing where to stand. :)

-- Paul Mayer,

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#4 posted 07-20-2021 03:09 PM

That is a beautiful bowl.That was quite a chunk of cherry you started with, great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 07-20-2021 05:35 PM

Awesome bowl. I thought maybe you burned the rim, but it was just the forest floor doing it’s aging process I guess.

I couldn’t quite read the readout when you were roughing, how fast were you turning at first?

-- Think safe, be safe

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Paul Mayer

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#6 posted 07-20-2021 06:00 PM

Thanks guys.

Steve, I started out around 300 RPM, and slowly turned up the speed as it became more balanced. I don’t look at the RPM readout very often any more, but I’d guess that I was probably around 600-700 as I finished up the outside and 700-800 RPM by the very end on the inside.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#7 posted 07-20-2021 08:54 PM

Beautiful well turned bowl. Great proportions.

-- Ron

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#8 posted 07-21-2021 01:30 AM

Beautiful work on that burl.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 07-21-2021 04:54 AM

Beautiful bowl. I’m surprised it didn’t blow up on you. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Paul Mayer

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#10 posted 07-21-2021 12:32 PM

Thanks, guys.

Mel, yeah, these large burls can be a bit unstable. This one was actually pretty solid throughout so the risk was relatively low.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#11 posted 07-22-2021 03:18 AM

That’s one of a kind Paul! Lots of colour and character in it!!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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