Manzanita Burl Bowl #11

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 11-24-2013 10:42 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the larger burls we have received – coming out around 10” in diameter with a mostly turned surface with live edges at the top of the bowl. Several cracks and crevices, lots of unique grain and texture. It was sitting for almost a year, so it’s dryer than some of the other “green” ones we have been turning.

This one was done with the Carter Hollow Roller system and finished out by hand. We REALLY need to increase our tool rest collection to include some far reaching tests and more unique bends.

Next ones coming will be cored out using the OneWay Easy Core rig. – More on that next week!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 10:51 PM

That is beautiful. Well done turning a lump of wood into a fabulous piece

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 11:06 PM

so eric, what have you ben doing…lol…hey these turning are very cool, its a good thing you bought as much as you did, maybe some kind of huge candle display could be designed and made, there has to be a church or something out there who would really love these with some kind of display, maybe ..i think so…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 12:05 AM

Most of these are destined at this point for a Gallery in NYC … two sold there so far. We’re gearing up to hopefully have a showing of some sort with other furniture and pieces.

I’ve been picking up more green blanks and turning them wetter. I haven’t gotten too far with the dry ones just yet but plan too soon. I’m doing larger ones, they seem to attract more attention. Two sold pretty quickly, a third had sold previously. We’re working to figure out what gets the most attention and cater towards that.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 01:22 AM

Very nice Eric

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 11:09 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 11:34 PM

New ones coming out ASAP – worked on a few of them today. We have another standard type of bowl, but a very very very nice balance and grain pattern too it. A large deep partially rounded tall rose vase, two offset live edge bowls that will likely be a canted display position, and a small round polished bowl in progress.

I have a large 10” diameter blank with even sides – TBD on that, and two other blanks ready to turn. I won another one the other day in an auction, and two more I’m bidding on now. The last one we are debating about using as a base instead of turning it alone – TBD on that.

I’m learning there’s a lot of strategy in turning these, really a tactic of looking very carefully at the piece. Study it, find an angle of attack. The grain, the inclusions, the randomness of them – its easy to turn one to total junk/waste but it’s not hard to turn them into something really interesting. I know there’s going to be ones that are seriously lost causes by my own hand or by their own existence. It’s fun trying to figure out what I’m going to get.

WOW is this taking a toll on the tools though. Sharpening them, again, again, again, again … repeat, again again again again again again again …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 01:10 PM

Tis a beauty!!

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