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Sugar Maple Burl Turned End-Grain

I have been working on a sugar maple burl provided by a logger in Grand Marais, MN. The burl wrapped part way around a 10" diameter log. I decided to cut the log perpendicular to its axis to give two pieces for end-grain turning. The two pieces have colorful salting patterns and are shown in the second photo below.

These pieces are about 11" in diameter. The next images show each piece on the lathe and the results of turning the two bowls. These bowls were turned green and need a few months to dry before sanding and oiling. The colorful spalting patterns are spectacular. Click on an image to see a complete enlarged view. The bowls are about 11" in diameter and 5-6" in height.

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