Turning a Large Black Ash Burl

The following images show a large black ash burl I just acquired on a nearby Indian Reservation. This is one of many black ash burls I purchased. The burl was about 20" in diameter and nicely shaped. I cut it perpendicular to the log with a chain saw to give two pieces that showed a nice figuring and ready for end grain turning. There are several shots of one of the pieces mounted on my Vega 2400 lathe. My goal was to turn the bowl to have a complete bark edge. The burl wrapped around 80% of the circumference of the log so this seemed the best way to turn this burl. Images of the evolving bowl are shown. I will add more images of the other half of the burl soon.

Amazing Burly Sugar Maple Log

I was given a freshly cut 7 ft long sugar maple log that was full of burls. The burls were all distributed around the full length of the log, a very unusual and rare piece of mother nature's handiwork. I studied this piece for some time and decided on turning end-grain bowls. These bowls will have very uneven outer rims that follow the burly outer contour of the log and they will contain a maximum of burl wood. They will also be large, especially the ones that are turned from that massive area on the left end of the log. I started by cutting perpendicular to the axis of the log (using a chain saw) in the approximate center of mass of the smaller burl cluster toward the right end of the log.

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Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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