Manzanita Burl Bowl #1 - With Colored Epoxy Inclusions

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 03-23-2013 12:13 AM 2663 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Manzanita burl bowl with gold inclusions – this is solid wood with a unique method of stabilization that allows color, texture, and patterns to be included into the voids natural to manzanita. The cap is ebony for an additional color balance point.

Any combination of colors, inclusions such as crushed stone, pearl, or metallic flakes can be combined for an original appearance. Stay tuned – this is the first of many projects of this nature that are coming this year!

Manzanita is a very unique substance. This stuff turns like plastic once you’re through the dirt, grime, and weird bark, rock, and other junk included in the mix. It’s also known to explode and come to pieces at any random moment during the turning process given the entirely random and unstable growth patterns. Of course this is what makes it so cool in the end!

The stabilization process allows us to turn what would otherwise be a nightmare to work with. It also creates an opportunity to impart an assortment of colors and other textures.

This is my first project with manzanita … I just happened to be on a random burl buying spree in 2012, and we finally got around to starting to work with it. Other projects are in progress now with this material and some other cool exotic woods as well as common domestics used in non-standard ways.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 03:38 AM

Very interesting bowl…looks very pretty

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 12:12 AM

Really unique. Is the red natural in this wood or was it added? If it’s natural, what did you use to bring it out? Very beautiful.

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 12:25 AM

The wood is naturally red, orange, yellow, and some white – the filler orange is epoxy with a gold mica powder.

All you have to do is sand it out and finish it. That red color is entirely natural, all the way through, and does not fade easily.

We used Waterlox marine sealer to build up the finish. Sand it out to at least 400, preferably 600 grit. Then put the first coats of finish on and polish with a fine steel wool. Then build up the finish from there.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 01:35 AM

Look at the ribbons that form as this stuff turns – when you’re into the meat of the wood it just peals in thin long ribbons. When you are in sections that are divided or rough you get these shavings like a spiral head planer takes off when it’s freshly sharpened.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 01:29 PM

It’s a beauty! The bold colors makes it attractive and the wood is very interesting. Like it.

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