Turning Archive 2004

Natural Edge Maple Burl Hollow Form *PIC*

Dominic Greco in Richboro PA
>Hi Everyone,

Here are some pictures of a natural edge maple burl hollow form I completed this weekend. This is more of the same burl Bill Grumbine gave me. I think this piece is more representative of the kind of figure and "swirl" you get in a maple burl.

This is the first time I've tried turning a natural edge hollow form. To be accurate, it's about the third "real" hollow form I've ever turned. But when I first cut up the burl, I really didn't want to loose the character that the bark gave this piece. So I decided to keep it "natural". It is a bit more tricky thank I originally thought, but not impossible.

Forming the outside was east. Simple bowl gouge work, followed by shear scraping. The internal hollowing was all accomplished with a Scorpion Hollowing tool. I think this was a real test of the tool. Overall, I am very happy with way it performed.

One neat little trick I used on this hollow form was one I picked up from reading Pen Turning websites. The holes left by borers can easily be filled with ca glue and saw dust. But they stop looking like holes. I wanted to maintain this illusion. So I used some dust from a charcoal pencil (used in sketching) and mixed that with sawdust. A drop of thin CA glue was all it took to solidify this mix.

Natural Edge Maple Burl Hollow form Specs:

  • Outer dia.: 6 3/4"

  • Max. Height: 7 3/4"

  • Wall thickness: 1/4"

  • Base dia.: 2 5/8"

  • Sanding Method: Dry sanded to 2500 Grit.

  • Finish: Watco's Danish Oil

  • Final: Buffed with Beall System (minus the Tripoli)

I look forward to your comments and critiques.

Thanks for viewing.

See ya around,

My ugly mug


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