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    Here is a burr about 2 feet wide and I'm not quite sure what to do with it. I might simply just make a nice big bowl but often you have to go with your instinct and play it by ear as you go along because you can find soft bits and hollows etc and you have to take quite a bit off untill you reach solid wood. I have quite a lot of burr which I have had for a few years and will be nice to get into it. Lozz


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    Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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    • #3
      What wood is it?

      If you have the tools then it may be worth taking a slice off it first for a platter and ten making a bowl out of the rest.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
        What wood is it?

        If you have the tools then it may be worth taking a slice off it first for a platter and ten making a bowl out of the rest.

        pete
        With Pete on that, seems large enough to get more than a single piece from it. Taking the slice off may also let you get a better view on the soundness of the burr. Looking forward to seeing the finished product(s)

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        • #5
          I have to say that at 2 feet diameter turning it whole is going to be a bit of an underpants filler! I hope your lathe is bolted down well ...lol. Judging from the foto you could always saw it straight through and have two foot thick planks and do a couple of nice winged bowls maybe??
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          • #6
            What is a burr? Totally fascinated as to what the hell is in the photo! lol, yeah i know i'm a bit of a ditz, please enlighten me,not being rude lol!
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            • #7
              Trees can get a sort of callous either by insect infection or some other problem. It looks like the wart on the side of a tree. The wood inside it is usually really dramatic. This one is from an oak burr for example (not mine )


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              • #8
                Well Wow, thanks Pete, that is very beautiful, must take some work to get something like that surely?
                Do you have to cut down the wood a lot to get to the inside?
                Last edited by bubbleicious; 31-05-2011, 01:14 AM. Reason: sounded dopey!
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                • #9
                  The burr grows on the side of the trunk usually and can be cut off though usually it is taken off when the tree is chopped down.

                  Here's one on a larch tree. I'm sure you have seen them though perhaps smaller

                  The wood is usually very hard on a burr and the grain is all over the place so some can b take a bit of work but it is usually worth it because it is so beautiful.

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                  • #10
                    There is a fab burr near me. It's huge and very very knobbly. I have been watching it since I was a child. one day someone will come and rescue it from the tree and make it into something amazing.

                    Doe it hurt the tree if they are chopped or sawn off?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by beadsbydesign View Post
                      Doe it hurt the tree if they are chopped or sawn off?
                      Can't say categorically, but as the burr is still a live part of the tree I reckon it could harm a tree to remove them. Mainly as you would be allowing diseases, insects, and all sort of nasties access to the innards. Possibly may be done using the protective coatings they use after heavy limb removal from mature trees.

                      No doubt someone somewhere has tried removing them from the living tree, I would be very interested in the outcome, although it could take years for the results of the surgery to become known.
                      regards

                      Tam "now a hobby woodturner"


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                      • #12
                        The wood is oak and I have quite a lot of it. The sad thing is that I fetched it from a small sawmill near the borders a few years ago with my father who passed away recently and he he had done lots of big burr bowls etc over the years on his Graduate lathe but I'm not that experienced at big bowls and have one or two pictures of his burr bowls which I will show you. But is was a large trunk that has to be cut up and put into the bucket on a tractor and loaded into the van. We went on lots of these woodpicking expeditions over the years and sometimes you would get some brilliant stuff and others a waste of time.
                        I'm looking forward to getting into it and will do something my dad would of been proud of that will make a statement in my display area. Thanks for your replies, got some gardening to do, Lozz

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                        • #13
                          I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad Lozz, we didn't know. I guess the last time we saw you both would have been Syon Park, (a long time ago). It must be very difficult for you to adjust, a very sad time.

                          Your Dad was an excellent craftsman/teacher and I know that you were always by his side, so I'm sure you will come up with an idea for that burr that would make your Dad more than proud.
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                          • #14
                            Ive never had an oportunity to work with burr up to now but id love to one day.
                            Please pass the word.

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                            • #15
                              That is stunning just on its own, but if were me i'd make into a sculpture ( sort of a hepworth come moore piece)

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