Manzanita Burl Bowl #12

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 12-04-2013 06:46 AM 1899 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This burl wanted to be polished, something about it took on the shape of a full rounded vessel maintaining the live surface in the recesses and around the rim. The outside kept its bright yellow sapwood, while the glowing red interior is illuminating. The shape of the original root ball led into this final form.

I like this one, debating about keeping it but it’s been created to head to a pending event in NYC. I’ll be sad to see it go, but at the same time I think it will be a good earner. I am going to template the shape before this heads out, at least I can replicate the form (or attempt too) at some point if the right one comes along again.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 01:26 PM

WOW! Great craftsmanship and Great photos. I don’t know how you ever kept it on the lathe.


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#2 posted 12-05-2013 04:36 AM

I love it, great job.

-- G

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 04:47 AM

Thanks! – Well … they don’t always stay on the lathe! I’ve had to evac aggressively a few times to avoid the trajectory of flying objects. And … a few times I did not succeed in dodging. They can let loose, you gotta be on your game.

I’ve really had to take on some discipline to get past sticking a tool into a place I know is NOT solid … it forces you to concentrate an forget about other things, like using a pro-chainsaw, pushing a muscle car, its a required concentration.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 02:10 AM

Beautiful !! Nice description also..

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 01:24 PM

Looks ancient, futuristic, and modern all in one.

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

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#6 posted 12-09-2013 05:19 PM

Gorgeous piece! Great shape and like those stunning colors and figures. Excellent turning!

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 01:01 AM

So as far as fast EVAC’s go … here’s the latest update: The DL40 – Sheared the main spindle cleannnnnn off …. guess the advent of a little extra power from the 3HP 3PH VFD upgrade and the material at hand (manzanita being prominent!) too its toll on the 1” shaft. It flung a bowl at me and across the room in the process.

Looking into lathe upgrades so we can handle this stuff. I also realized I’ve taken about 1/4” off my main scraper a good wide one too! Gonna be going through tools quickly, amazingly abrasive inclusions in this stuff!


Pictures are showing up better in our FB album …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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