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This is a small Manzanita Stump Burl that I obtained from a burl vendor from the state of Oregon. This rather clean burl is deceiving as while being turned rocks were found imbedded deep inside by the turning chisel and unfortunately dulling it quickly. Due to all the voids it was impossible to turn between centers. On the one side there was absolutely no flat areas for a spur drive. To get a flat spot to attach a face plate required using the chain saw. See following photos. The view shown in this photo will become the top of the bowl. This is a photo of the burl from the top, you can see the large roots sticking out the top. This is the only area available that would allow attaching a face plate for turning but would require using the chain saw to cut the roots off. See next photo. The burl is positioned on an old palette that has now been retired. The burl is wedged for stability to allow a safe removal using my chain saw.
Photo of the burl after the roots have been chain sawed off leaving a flat area for attaching the face plate. In this particular case I used a Oneway 6" face plate attached with 5 1" screws. The face plate has been attached and the bowl mounted on the lathe as shown by this side view photo. This is the front view. As you can see there are many voids in this burl which makes for an interesting bowl.
Side view of the bowl once the outside shape has been turned. Front view of bowl and ready for inside removal. Inside of burl removed, see next photo for front view.
Front view with final wall thickness. I have left the walls rather thick because of the beauty caused by all the voids. It makes for a much more interesting bowl rather than merely having jagged edges. Side view of the bowl ready to be removed and remounted using a jam chuck for turning of the bottom. The bowl has been mounted using a jam chuck and the bottom has been turned leaving a small foot. Once removed from the lathe the small nub where the live center is attached will be removed with a hand chisel. See next photo to view the jam chuck setup I use.
View of my jam chuck setup. I have various sizes of 1" rod that has been threaded on one end along with matching nuts. The nuts will be epoxied into various sizes of wooden jam blocks that I turn on my lathe. It is easy to match the jam chuck to many sizes of bowls. This is a view of the bowl mounted on my John Jordan Stubby S750 lathe. Just for an easy comparison, this image is what we started with, see next 3 photos for what we ended up. Photos show side, top and bottom views.
The above bowl has not been finished. A sealer coat was sprayed to prevent warping and cracking which also shows the beautiful deep red color of Manzanita burl.
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