I wrote to a member for some help and they suggested I post out on the forum to get as many opinions as possible. Here's some background, I've had my lathe for 1.5 years now and haven't had as much time to play on it as I should. I played hooky from work on Monday to do a lumber run and one of the places that I have had never been to before had some burls that I was immediately bitten by. Since I have never turned burls I didn't get anything very large, but I'm now stuck with the problem of how to turn them....
I cleaned up some of the wood to see what was hiding under the bark/wax. For the pictures I simply sprayed them with alcohol and the background wood is Jatoba for those interested in a color reference.
The Mesquite, Pecan and Thuya are dry.
Attachment 20512Attachment 20513Attachment 20515
The Tasmanian Musk and Brown Mallee are coated in wax.
Attachment 20514Attachment 20511
Don't flame me too badly, but my plans were to section them into smaller pieces to make items I could give as gifts (bottle stoppers, duck calls, x-mas tree ornaments etc).
Because the figure goes in all directions I'm at a loss as to how they should be sliced and mounted. Also is there anything special that needs to be done to the blanks to stabilize them prior to turning so they don't fly apart; wood hardener or some stabilizer? How about filling any checks w/ cyano so that more of the burl could be used.
Any advice, would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.