Juniper Burl Vase

  • Advertise with us
Project by scrappy posted 03-13-2013 06:22 AM 2855 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alligator Juniper Root Burl Vase

6” tall x 3 ” diam. Finished with Wipe on Poly and Wax.

Picked up this Burl through another LJ from Sacrament Calif. that I met in Sedona Arizona. He has a supplier there and we both got some nice burls that day.

It is the first time that I have turned a RAW burl. Was a real challenge starting from a very ugly irregular piece of wood, and trying to get the largest useable piece from it.

When you think about burls (at least when I do) you usually think of the big round knob growing out of the side if a tree trunk. That is NOT what this was. Root burls are a LOT different. Wish I would of taken a pic of the burl before cutting it. Not round, Not solid, Roots sticking out all over, Bark that is full of dirt and small pebbles.

Like I said…UGLY! But, I saw potential in it. Also I like a challenge, and am ready to try another one.

Sorry about the pics. I am not a photographer.

Please leave all comments and suggestions. All ways looking to improve and your ideas help.
Thanks for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

18 comments so far

View CalgaryGeoff's profile


937 posts in 3979 days

#1 posted 03-13-2013 06:42 AM

Very nice! Great figure and shape.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

View Ken90712's profile


18123 posts in 4686 days

#2 posted 03-13-2013 08:44 AM

A real beauty Scrappy great work!!!!

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

View ldl's profile


1135 posts in 3863 days

#3 posted 03-13-2013 11:06 AM

You really turned that piece of coal into a diamond for sure. Hard to see what you described as it’s beginning looking at what it turned into. Beautiful.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

View michelletwo's profile


2795 posts in 4513 days

#4 posted 03-13-2013 11:10 AM

super, scrappy! great vase & I like the little collar

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30679 posts in 3836 days

#5 posted 03-13-2013 11:34 AM

Very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View WoodenFrog's profile


2737 posts in 4411 days

#6 posted 03-13-2013 11:36 AM

Wow! Scrappy that is just BEAUTIFUL!
You have become so skilled at turning, man you have got skills!
Keep up the great Work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

View Karson's profile


35301 posts in 5898 days

#7 posted 03-13-2013 12:07 PM

Beautiful Scrappy. Very nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

View sedcokid's profile


2738 posts in 5096 days

#8 posted 03-13-2013 01:47 PM

What fun it is to see what is underneath the surface of an old or burly hunk of wood. You have done this hunk justice and have created a very, very nice piece.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

View rustfever's profile


801 posts in 4808 days

#9 posted 03-13-2013 04:06 PM

Beautiful Dan. Done as only to true artist could do.

-- Rustfever, Central California

View Eli Adamit's profile

Eli Adamit

744 posts in 4787 days

#10 posted 03-13-2013 08:59 PM

Roots and burls are always leading to surprise. marvelous.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

View peteg's profile


4438 posts in 4320 days

#11 posted 03-13-2013 09:21 PM

Another very nice turn Scrappy, it might have started as an ulgy duckling but you sure did the magic wand trick, like the neck treatment, well done

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

View branch's profile


1142 posts in 4652 days

#12 posted 03-13-2013 09:39 PM

hi that is one lovely piece of work love the shape off it and the patron on it is fantastic


View scrappy's profile


3507 posts in 4928 days

#13 posted 03-14-2013 04:18 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I really enjoyed watching this piece come alive.

Keep it up.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

View JockChris's profile


70 posts in 3851 days

#14 posted 03-14-2013 06:15 AM

That came out great. I would have liked to see pics of it before you started to see all the challenges you went through, I have not got the chance to work with burls.

View BobWemm's profile


3119 posts in 3424 days

#15 posted 03-14-2013 06:50 AM

Scrappy, That is a beautiful result. The best part about working with burls is you never quite know what you will finish up with, and by leaving a few natural voids here and there creates a true work of art.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics