Manzanita Burl Pen/Card Rest featruing an Ebony & Gun Metal Pen on a Shedua Base

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 05-30-2012 04:00 AM 1454 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Manzanita burl is prized by wood turners for its tendency to show an extreme display of unique grain and vibrant spectrums of color. The extreme and abusive nature of the of the environment, including wildfires, contributes to the dynamic and random nature of the grain.

This project and the previously posted beer tap are the first turnings I did with this material. I really had no particular plan in mind, I just spun a chunk of the wood and it turned into a small vase looking thing that imparts a drastic contrast with the Gaboon Ebony hand turned by Chuck Hill. The set is featured on a mild African shedua plank; this unique material is actually a “second” from the Maki board selection process. The more simplistic grain allows a better contrast with the manzanita.

The card rest was actually a scrap from squaring up the small chunk that I cut up to make the vase and the beer tap tip. I decided NOT to drill into or hollow out the vase as it just seemed cool to rest the pen against it. It got away from the normal centered look and went more modern/abstract.

Another “for fun” ... project …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 07:34 AM

Eric, great job it looks great and the photos are cool as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 11:25 PM

Thanks – I discovered that rock in front of my parents house, not sure why I never really noticed it. Somehow it looked like a miniature cliff. It will be featured now with small projects. There’s a few other cool spots on my father’s fish pond waterfall that I’ll be putting to good use as well. The water drops only a few inches but with a small object it looks like it’s a massive furry of water!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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