Huge Aspen Burl

The images in the slide show gallery show the story of turning a large (23" diameter) aspen burl. The turning process took about 8 hours. Aspen burls are always difficult to turn due to soft areas, decay, and ring crack along the grain lines. Turning must be done slowly with frequent use of CA glue to stabilize the problem areas. Turning a stable tenon is crucial as aspen burls often have decay just under the tenon. This decay and the ring crack can cause a tenon to detach during hollowing. This is dangerous with large burls so a lot of care is needed to make sure the wood around and under the tenon is stable. I always start the hollowing with a live center on the tail stock to minimize to

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Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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