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    Red Mallee Burl bowl - first posted pic

    I've been working with Austrailian burls lately. I'm about done with a brown mallee bowl as well.
    Here are two recents. A bowl and a free form plate I think.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails redmallee bowl.JPG   red mallee plate.JPG  

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    Welcome to the clubhouse, Doug. Nice looking stuff. What finish did you use?

    I'm hoping to try turning some Aussie burl pieces...I missed one the other day on eBay that went for more than I was willing to pay.
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    Goodness, those are REALLY nice!

    How well did they turn?

    I've heard that a some of the Aussie hardwoods are HARD WOOD!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Welcome Doug! Those are both great pieces, well done

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    Great turnings. Have to admit that wood is spectacular. I have some for pens, it is a great looking wood.
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    Welcome Doug. Those are beautiful pieces. Someday I am going to spend the money and get me a piece of that. Well done.
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    THX for all the kind words. I used several applications of a simple urethane. I sanded between coats with 400 grit and progressed to micromesh.
    The burls turned well. They are hard; however, with sharp tools I had no issues.
    I found these blanks at woodturningz.com ( I hope I can post that) I think he has something like 10,000 lbs of the stuff --red mallee, brown mallee and coolibah burls. The guys web site is hit and miss. I think calling him is the best way.
    I have watched with anticipation the wonderful projects you all submit. I think this is a great place to learn and contribute.

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    Beautiful pieces, Doug!

    I especially appreciate these because of what you just said: this stuff is hard! Turning it can definitely be a challenge. These are very nicely done!

    BTW, another good source for Aussie burl is www.leetreewoodworks.com
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    Awsome bowls. I don't think I have ever seen anything like them. Welcome

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    Thanks for the extra info Doug!

    Yes you can post links to sites like that, the only caveat would be if one had some sort of connection or financial interest in said site, then we would want one to post in the "Commercial Post Zone" is all.

    Cheers!
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