Yea I can't really say what i want here right now but I can explain it and you can fill in the words yourselves. I recived an old chunk of burl last year. I mean gray old burl bone dry and sort of rotted a little but I put it on the back burner till last weekend. Figured that I had enough experience to give it a shot. I tried out some new easy wood tools and was having a great time and turned a perfect burl vase/ bowl. I was trying out a new finish on it and tried finishing it on the lathe. I just couldn't get the finish quite right and had to sand it a couple of times to get it just right. I worked this piece and then re worked it and then again re worked it and had it just right. It was beautiful and the grain was fantastic with a bit of worm signs in the wood and I was thinking how nice it was. This was a jewel in all my turning and i was pretty proud of how nice I had finally gotten it. I was just doing some light buffing ( while the piece was still on the lathe ) with some fine scouring pad when I went to adjust the speed of the lathe ( nova DVRXP) when I hit a pre set high speed and the bowl came saliing off the lathe hitting the floor beside me and blowing into several pieces. Oh the laungage that came out of me would make a sailor blush. My wife ran down stairs thinking that something had happened on the hockey game but she knew it was worse. well after kicking myself hard and breaking a tear I picked my self up and had another crack at it. It is not as tall as it once was and it lost some of the fantastic grains but it still came out somewhat ok I think. Can't beat myself up too much over it after all it was my first experience with a Burl and it was a free chunk. Here are the pics of before and after.