Spalted Copper Beech Bowl #4

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 11-24-2013 10:53 PM 1219 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One more finished bowl from my grandmother’s copper beech that came down in Hurricane Sandy – the tree was planted on her property when she moved in and she loved it throughout her time in her home. The tree came down in 2012 during Sandy after she passed away.

We saved several sections of the tree – which were rotten, spalted, burled, currly, cross grained, and mineral stained. This tree had a little of everything – but mainly a lot of rotten sections. We stabilized it as we setup to turn. I have a few more in the works that I will post probably later this week.

There is one large section of stump left that should yield some unique pieces. I hope to have this tree all turned by year end. The pieces are being distributed through the family as keepsakes and to keep Millie’s memories and love of this little tree alive.

#4 was completed and signed on 11/21/2013 and presented to my brother Jonathan & his wife Jackie as a Chanukah gift. More are pending the next one will go to Millie’s son (my uncle) Robert and his wife Ellen. My parents have #1, and I have #2. ...

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 11:14 PM

i really love the fact that your making these different items from the tree and giving them to family members, im sure she has to be so happy that your doing this with the tree she loved, will enjoy seeing what you do with the rest of it, was this your dads mom or your mom, im sure they will love the art piece you have given them, maybe what can happen is to make something from something they planted, well if they planted anything, that would be cool….

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

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 11:26 PM

Awesome work and wood in that old tree.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 01:23 AM

Saving them as keepsakes is great.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 01:44 AM

Great tribute, nice wood.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 11:19 AM

Nicely turned bowl Eric…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 11:25 PM

Thanks! – these are turning out much nicer than we would have ever thought! I will post two more bowls and probably a bud vase later this week. They are just about done, need to sign them, seal up the bases, and get some pictures of the bowls. The bud vase is being stubborn and I have to polish it up a lot more maybe another coat of finish.

I have blanks cut now for a ring bowl, an ornament, and probably a small bowl. Then another cross cut blank that I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing with yet. Mike wants to turn some more of it. Then there’s a large section of trunk remaining. I have to sort through the bags and see if there is any more of it.

I am hoping to split the trunk in half vertically and round out two large blanks and some small ones. Then core out the large ones to get as much as possible out of this. Once it’s gone its gone … but we’ll hopefully have the treasures it produces forever!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 01:11 PM

Wow! I like this design. Beautiful!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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