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    White Cedar Burl Bowl

    My brother-in-law gave me a very old and unknown burl this past weekend in the hopes that I could turn something out of it. This is the result. Once turning there was no mistaking the smell and texture of the wood, which is local to these parts: White Cedar. Very soft, extremely light weight and reminds me of handling drift wood.

    I left the bottom of the bowl natural to show off all the worm holes and the remaining bark. The amazing thing about this burl is that each of the wings have a tight curl and yet the inside of the bowl is quilted! Never seen that before!

    The bowl is 13 long x 10 wide x 3 high, sanded to 400 grit and has only one coat of Minwax Wipe-On Gloss Poly. Plan to apply additional coats and then buff.

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    As always, your comments, critiques and opinions are welcomed!

    Thanks for looking!
    Steve

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    Ooh, that's nice, Steve. Pretty wood, and I like the natural sides, too.
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    That is a nice one, very different, and I like it

    It almost looks like it is a piece of stone...

    Stu
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    Great looking bowl Steve. I really like the form.
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    Steve, I really like your imagination to do that with the piece. If I saw it on a sellers table I'd be drawn to pick it up!

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    Steve,

    That is really cool. I love the figure and form. I assume we'll be seeing updated pictures after future coats of poly are applied??
    Lee Laird
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    Very nice Steve, I like natural look. Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    It almost looks like it is a piece of stone...
    I thought the same thing Stu.

    Very nice Steve. Well Done.
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    Very nice Steve. I agree with Stu and Jeff, the piece almost looks like stone.

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    very nice i like that you left the out side natural

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