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Project by NoWhiskeyWoodworking posted 10-07-2021 06:29 PM 495 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure if I’m breaking protocol by posting two projects in one day, but I wanted to get this up.

I’ve been on a box-making kick as of late, but I needed a break from it. Earlier, when I first joined Lumber Jocks, Phil32 admired my bowl work with chunks of burl. He had what he believed to be a piece of Manzanita root/burl and wondered if I wanted it. (The piece he sent me is the last pic of the bunch)

Phil was kind enough to give it to me for free and even to pay for the shipping. Upon receiving it, I felt some pressure to do a really good job in light of this generous gift. The pressure (self-imposed) made me put it off for awhile.

But, then my box burnout came… and I decided it was time.

It was a strange wood to work with, but I eventually got the feel for what I wanted it to do. The bowl itself was a bear to drill out. My grinder helped, but left significant burn marks. I went through a lot of sanding discs to get rid of those burn marks, but it was worth it. The inside of that bowl looks like red velvet cake, and is shining with about five coats of high gloss polyurethane.

I promise not to post anything else for a few days, but would love to hear what anyone thinks!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."





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Phil32

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#1 posted 10-07-2021 07:03 PM

Van – It looks like the “manzanita burl” has fit right in with your other projects. I cannot remember where it came from. It showed up among other chunks of wood I had accumulated over the years. Using a wire brush, I discovered some areas of dry rot, but much of it resisted my sharpest hand tools. The belt sander only produced burn marks.

The interior of your bowl still makes me think it’s manzanita, but we’ll never know for sure.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#2 posted 10-07-2021 07:15 PM

It was strange wood to work with, Phil… but invigorating as it came together. The interior of the bowl was super hard. My Forstner bit could get into it, but produced smoke and even once, I swear I saw a spark of flame (not sure).

But then, the exterior, the orange parts plumed off like dust… not shavings but fine, fine clouds (perhaps the dry rot you mention).

So it alternated between super soft wood and super hard wood. There were points where I was thinking, this isn’t going to go anywhere.

But then I persisted. I hope you approve! Thanks again.


Van – It looks like the “manzanita burl” has fit right in with your other projects. I cannot remember where it came from. It showed up among other chunks of wood I had accumulated over the years. Using a wire brush, I discovered some areas of dry rot, but much of it resisted my sharpest hand tools. The belt sander only produced burn marks.

The interior of your bowl still makes me think it s manzanita, but we ll never know for sure.

- Phil32


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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ClaudeF

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#3 posted 10-07-2021 09:43 PM

Very interesting piece! I have a small piece of manzanita branch that I have been thinking about – May have to dig it out and play with it a bit…

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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swirt

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#4 posted 10-08-2021 01:25 AM

That is quite attractive. Interesting that it is so hard. The color is quite amazing and the shape kind of matches the color in a devilish sort of way.

Also, there is no protocol about posting multiple projects in one day.Post em if you got em. Sometimes people get carried away and post 20 in a day with only a single photo on each and minimal description. That wears a little thin, but yours have multiple photos and good descriptions so please carry on.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

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#5 posted 10-08-2021 01:35 AM

Would love to see what you end up creating!


Very interesting piece! I have a small piece of manzanita branch that I have been thinking about – May have to dig it out and play with it a bit…

Claude

- ClaudeF


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

319 posts in 84 days


#6 posted 10-08-2021 01:37 AM

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my pieces! And, yes, the wood is super attractive and just glows with the poly on it.


That is quite attractive. Interesting that it is so hard. The color is quite amazing and the shape kind of matches the color in a devilish sort of way.

Also, there is no protocol about posting multiple projects in one day.Post em if you got em. Sometimes people get carried away and post 20 in a day with only a single photo on each and minimal description. That wears a little thin, but yours have multiple photos and good descriptions so please carry on.

- swirt


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 10-08-2021 03:31 AM

Catches the eye, that’s for sure…Very cool piece, used well…

Your projects will last forever…

Solid man…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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NoWhiskeyWoodworking

319 posts in 84 days


#8 posted 10-08-2021 10:35 AM

Thank you!

Catches the eye, that s for sure…Very cool piece, used well… Your projects will last forever… Solid man…

- mtnwild


-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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