Old Decayed Birch Burl

I decided to turn an old birch burl that was obtained from a friend in Hovland, my home town. The burl weighed about 90 pounds (diameter of 21 inches) with most of the bark gone and signs of decay. I should have left it in my garage, but I am stubborn when it comes to wasting a burl, and birch burls are usually beautiful. Here are several photos of the burl with the cut line marked in blue and the resulting two halves. There is a decayed area on both halves and the crack line runs up the entire side of the burl. I filled the decayed areas with a mix of fine ground coffee and thin CA glue. This mix acts like a cement and should help hold the burl together during turning. The plan is to attach

Five Bowls from one large Oak Burl

In a previous blog post (January 20, 2020) I described turning a 23" diameter bowl from a 250 lb oak burl. You should look at that post before reading this one. Since that post I have turned four additional bowls from this burl. In this post I provide details of this amazing project. The burl was provided by a customer in New Jersey, but before shipping to Minnesota, I gave instructions for cutting the large burl into four pieces suitable for shipping and turning. I constructed a 3D model of the burl from many photos with dimensions provided by the customer. I then sent detailed instructions for cutting the 24" diameter burl to give four pieces. This was tricky and required an expert arboris

Enormous Birch Burl Turned

I have been saving several large birch burls for turning on my new Stubby S1000 lathe. Today I turned the largest so far. The burl measured 30 inches in length, 20 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. I trimmed it to a piece of about 28 x 18 x 8" and attached it to my lathe using a 6" face plate with the help of my shop crane. The following images show the turning process. The final bowl measures 28 x 17 x 5.5" and already has nice chatoyance. The burl was turned green and will need some months to dry before finishing (re-turning the bottom, sanding, oiling, waxing). The Stubby lathe performed great with its flexible tool rest positioning options using the movable auxiliary bed, and of course th

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