Mt Laurel Burl Bowl. Private collection

Mt Laurel Burl Bowl. Private collection

Mt Laurel Burl Bowl. Private collection

You may or may not like this 13″ bowl, made from the root ball / stump of a mountain laurel tree from North Carolina. I know it looks like a prize from a skeet shooting contest, but the burl eyes, grain and color are very interesting. Turning was a challenge in case you were wondering!


2 thoughts on “Mt Laurel Burl Bowl. Private collection

    Paul Behr said:
    May 28, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    very nice, I turned some white oak burls that measured 19in dia X 3in deep. as you said interesting to turn.Long process to keep it in tact

      threebearsturner responded:
      May 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Paul, thank you for your nice comments about my turnings. I am retired and have been doing this for about 7 or 8 years and certainly enjoy it. Before I started I joined a local woodturning club and there was able to be “mentored” by a knowledgeable instructor. Here is the website for the American Association of Woodturners: http://www.woodturner.org/. This AAW has many thousands of members, has magazine with good articles each month and comes with the inexpensive membership. Secondly, here are two websites of people I have had as teachers and are well known for their hollowing skills and work: http://www.ellsworthstudios.com/ and http://www.mikejackofsky.com/. Here is a You Tube site that gives you an idea of hollowing and where to get the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWlE-6pL7w0. However, if you search the web for videos on the subject you will find many. I am jealous of the white oak burl you use. In Montana hardwoods are rare so am always looking for good new sources. If you know where to get W O burls let me know. eonjoy

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