Manzanita Burl Flame Twisted Iron Beer Tap

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 05-29-2012 12:36 AM 1509 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well – here’s the start of our new manzanita burl lineup … a flaming beer tap, a turned fiery burl perched atop an iron spindle hand forged by Dana Osterman.

This is the first time I played with manzanita – and it’s REALLY cool … it’s hard and apparently full of inclusions that can easily blow up in your face on the lathe but hey that just makes it more interesting right?

I’m ordering more of this – I have two bigger burls in storage I will be pulling those out after we get past a few other projects and starting to play with them. I’m ordering more chunks and scraps to play with more projects like this also.

This is really interesting, i turned it and it’s not entirely dry as it rested a veining like texture came up in the surface within only a few days. The different colors dry at a different rate and actually like legs of wine up a glass develop a feel to the piece.

This particular piece was nothing more than just a chunk I put on the lathe to see what would happen. I thought at first an egg, then thought perhaps a pen holder egg … then Mike informed me it looked like a flame put it on a beer tap. Next our local blacksmith wandered in and said YEAH – beer tap and away it went with him. A few days later a twisted iron shaft was forged and fixed to my flaming manzanita tip.

Simple project – all kinda accidentally whatever … turned out very cool!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 01:14 PM

Manzanita Burl Flame Twist Iron Beer, you have the tap, now I just can not wait for someone to brew the
beer to match the tap. Great looking tap, and it would look at home in any one of our local breweries.
Thanks for posting and making me thirsty.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 05:37 PM

Wow, the ideas are endless. How about custom gear shift knobs???

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 03:40 AM

Yeah a shift knob is a cool idea too! ... we’ll see what we get in the misc pile shortly. I keep bidding on more of these burls so we’ll have projects coming as time allows!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 06:35 PM

What a gorgeous fusion of iron and wood, nice.
Yeah, that piece looks like it would be an adventure on the lathe!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 11:14 PM

Yeah there’s a lot of inclusions and fault lines – it’s a risky turning renowned to explode on the lathe so glasses / face mask are a good idea. I haven’t done anything big yet – just these small chunks. Sticking to that for a while!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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