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    Posted: 22 Apr 2016 at 1:16pm
This piece is going to the lady who kindly donated quite a large amount of well weathered Burr Elm (Ulmus glabra). Rather than waste good burr trying to turn it, I decided on a carved alternative. The white rot on the edge was incredibly soft but the Danish Oil finish holds it together.



It measures approximately 305mm x 225mm x 135mm high. I have just noticed that the burr to the lower front looks quite dry but this is a trick of the light. In reality it has taken the oil very well indeed.

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Hi Tony

This is stunning, just about all i can say. 
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Many thanks, Mark. I often think I should do more of these but at the same time the novelty value shouldn't be underestimated.

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Hi Tony

I am more than happy to colour and texture my pieces, I also however love nothing more than the beauty and simplicity that form and nature often provides. Here it is just beautiful and one of those pieces I wish I could touch as it looks so tactile, certainly do make more of them. 
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Burrilliant 😉😁😁😁 I love every thing about this it's a beauty
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Thanks dunk.  Handshake

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Very nicely done Tony.
Is that from the same tree as the pieces you sent me?
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Thank you, Neil. I can't swear to which tree the two different pieces came from because I took home wood from about five different trees but it certainly came from the same generous benefactor.

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Reminds me of a marine creature...don't ask why. Love the tactile look of it, rough, smoth, got the lot. Getting something to be as attractive as this on several levels takes a bit more than just being a good woodturner IMHO.

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Thanks, Pete. I hadn't really thought about it but now I can see a resemblance. It's a bit like the contrast in textures between the outside and inside of one half of an oyster or scallop, isn't it? Or perhaps half of a sea urchin? OK, maybe that's taking it too far ...

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I wanted to say it reminded me of a hedgehog stuck on its back . I mean it as a complement 😊
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LOL! Yes, it's one of those rare finds where the pimples (not the right word I'm sure, but I don't know of a better one) are much the same size over the whole of the outside of the burr and I can absolutely agree with the hedgehog analogy. A bit prickly, too!

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A fabulous piece Tony, the sheer contrast of the beautiful smooth rounded inner to the crusty natural exterior is stunning   
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Many thanks, Pete.

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This is very nice Tony.
I often wonder about damaging the surface of the burr with a chucking point.
A view of the base/underside would be good please. How does it stay upright? have you had to flatten some points?
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Thanks, Nick. Here's a view of the bottom.



A very simple technique involving a firm hold and a belt sander. (Keeping the digits out of the way, of course!)

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Turned, Carved what does it matter when the piece turns out like this.

I just want to pick it up Smile

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Thanks, Ed, they are incredibly tactile. I sold one to a customer five years ago and every year since she has made a point of coming to tell me how much she likes it. That's the kind of customer satisfaction that keeps me turning (and carving).

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  Tony ... That's one very nice piece.. This has got to be the best bowl we have seen using this
  style.. very well done and thought out .
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Thanks, Tony & Di. I know you both know the feeling you get when a piece comes out so much better than you had dared to hope - first that delicious tingle up the spine and then you just can't stop coming back every so often to look at it, almost holding your breath at first in case you just imagined it was that good and fearing a let-down.

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