Maple Burl Bowl

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Project by BillG posted 01-29-2012 05:09 PM 1669 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to visit with an extremely talented wood carver. He specialized in authentic anatomical representations of birds. His work is amazing. He mounted many of his pieces in burl chunks as the base. I asked him where he got the burl from. He said that he cut up a large maple and cut out all the burls. He had quit a few chunks and generously gave me one.

I have had opportunities to work on burls in the past, but this was a big piece and quite exceptional. I was able to cut the burl in half and still create this large bowl. I spent a fair amount of time envisioning the bowl inside and finding the center that would allow me to cut it out. After sawing away as much of the waste as I could, I mounted it on a face plate and got my tail stock with a center point jammed into the front. I slowed down my lathe to its slowest speed and turned it on. The lathe was wobbling, but not too bad, so I started cutting. All went well and after a while I extracted the bowl from the burl. The live edge is beautiful and the burliness is amazing.

I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 05:17 PM

Nice very nice that is a talent that seems to elude me…..........................Schloemoe

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 05:39 PM

Beautiful burl

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 08:35 PM

Beautiful work; beautiful wood…

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 08:37 PM

Love it, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 10:13 PM

Lovely piece of timber, great finish :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 11:58 PM

I knew there was something beautiful in that burl, and you did a great job finding it! Really enjoyed seeing the results. Best, Jim

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