Manzanita Burl Bowl #20

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-01-2014 03:11 AM 2479 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK this bowl has gotten some mixed responses – what do you all think? I kinda like it …

Scroll back through previous projects for the details on manzanita and other such fun … there’s lots of these now so I’m just sharing the projects!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 03:18 AM

i dont think anyone will ever like this one, so you better send it to me so i can study it over for future fact i think i should be hired on as product manager and quality manager…:)...

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 11:59 AM

Nice turning, and beautiful colours.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 12:01 PM

I will have to agree with Grizz on this one, you have my address.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 04:22 PM

LOL…...Grizz. This has got to be the ugliest, so, without any second thoughts, send it to me so nobodies eyes will bleed. hahahaha

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

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 01:42 AM

I’ve cut those burls before, they are hard!! but beautiful.
Did you use carbide tools to turn it?
Turned out great.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 02:11 AM

Always interesting when there’s a fight over disposal rights! Thanks!

Nope, no carbide just M2 tool steel and a LOT of trips to the sharpening stones. We are now looking into upgrading our equipment and mounting something right next to the lathe. Considering the Sorby system.

They are hard, but they do shave, and they do polish nicely. The density variations can grab a tool in a heartbeat or less. I’m also looking into some of the Stuart Batty tools as an option to improve progress.

The crucible steels are much better than M2 for edge maintenance in harsh cutting. There’s so much abrasives in this stuff it’s like turning sand! I’ve taken at least 1/4” maybe 1/4” off my main round scraper. Can’t put a gouge into this stuff it’ll snag it and throw it at you.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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