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Kristian Sharman

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I have this amazing Mulberry Burl and i want to turn it on the lathe but im not sure on what to do with it, Maybe cut it in half and make 2 large bowls. I donno, Help

The dimensions roughly are 420mm x 400mm x 330mm

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Robbo3

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I have the same enviable dilemma. The silver birch burl on the left was kindly given to me by a forum member.

Burr 01 (Silver Birch; Beech; Oak.jpg


I thought about making two bowls because the burl doesn't go all the way round the stem but I may just mount it with the stem at 90° to the axis to produce an open hollow form.

Yours is harder to visualize because of the three (or perhaps four) branch stubs.
 

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MikeG.":37hdm2bl said:
Burl? Surely you aren't all Americans. It's burr over here.
Absolutely. Burr in the UK and we work in a workshop, not woodshop and use timber instead of lumber - Rob
 

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Someone who knows better will be along I'm sure, but if it were mine I'd cut it lengthways either side of the pith and turn a couple of bowls from it. From the little experience I have, you can't tell how deep toward the centre the interesting burr will go, but this way you won't lose any.
 

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Having tackled several large Burrs in the past and done my best to keep the maximum amount of bark on the finished form I'm not so sure I would not just slab another one into 70-80mm slabs and just revel in the internal figuring exposed in any piece that emerged from subsequent turnings, serendipity determining if natural surface texturing added to its charm.
 

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Leave it as is for the time being. Not sure how experienced you are if a novice then wait until you have a little more experience and then look at it with fresh eyes.
I have burrs and other interesting pieces that are in my wood store just waiting for that inspiration before either cutting into what I want or an idea comes along which it would be just the ticket for
 

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My advice would be to turn the burl into a burr!
Sorry, gotten a bit anal hete!
 

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woodbloke66":20io2lem said:
MikeG.":20io2lem said:
Burl? Surely you aren't all Americans. It's burr over here.
Absolutely. Burr in the UK and we work in a workshop, not woodshop and use timber instead of lumber - Rob
I thought burl & burr were the same thing.
Only the posh have workshops, the rest of us have to work in a shed. :)
 

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Robbo3":20t7y3aq said:
Only the posh have workshops, the rest of us have to work in a shed. :)
I have been called many things but never been told I am posh as I refer to mine as a workshop, I suppose that the next step will be to add an extension and call that a gallery :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Robbo3":efkgnn45 said:
woodbloke66":efkgnn45 said:
MikeG.":efkgnn45 said:
Burl? Surely you aren't all Americans. It's burr over here.
Absolutely. Burr in the UK and we work in a workshop, not woodshop and use timber instead of lumber - Rob
I thought burl & burr were the same thing.
Only the posh have workshops, the rest of us have to work in a shed. :)
My first workshop was my parents 7'x5' garden shed; it was uninsulated, bitterly cold in winter, it had a leak (like most garden sheds) but it was still my workshop :D I remember I made a 5' long pine refectory table in it and a mahogany, leather upholstered dressing stool for my gran...still got the plan somewhere in one of my books. To stop tools going rusty, after every session I had to coat all steel surfaces with Vaseline - Rob
 

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