Alaskan Birch Burl Bowl

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Project by Stonekettle posted 02-22-2011 12:14 AM 7776 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece of Alaskan birch burl.

The burl was cut green here in the Alaskan MatSu. It was a very large piece of wood and even after five years of drying in the burl pile, it was still very wet inside when I cut it into several large turning blanks. This piece was turned wet to rough, allowed to dry for another six months or so, and then turned to finish. I had intended it to sit on a small flat foot, but after seeing the grain, I wanted it elevated a bit so that you could see the opalescence and spectacular figure – so I added a small walnut base. The piece is finished in natural walnut oil. It’s about 14” in diameter.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 12:18 AM

Nice! Are you putting it in the Artistry in Wood show? Today is the last day to drop off entries at the Northway Mall – regular mall hours.

-- Tony -

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 12:21 AM

Tony, Argh! I forgot all about that. No way I can get into Anchorage today. Oh well, there’s always next year.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 01:22 AM

This is beautiful, I love the patterns you uncovered! I hope you have a bowl saver to save the inside of the bowl, if not, it is a tool worth investing in.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 02:07 AM

Bearpie, I do have a couple different types of bowl savers and nested bowl cutters, but in this case I didn’t bother.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 04:46 AM

That is a beautiful bowl; I really love the colors in the wood and the stand is a great touch!

-- -=Den

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 06:07 PM

I love it! I also love you your latest rant!

Great work that.


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