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WOW :eek: , I leave town for a few days and all hell breaks loose. Great to have you new guys on the site. I think we will have alot of fun and hopefully be able to help and inspire everyone else.

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Dave..I was just lookin' at your website..:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

That's some excellent work...I REALLY like that living room floor and the fireplace....The slab furniture is very nice too. I see we are few in numbers, but the tallent here is outstanding.. :yes: :yes:
 

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Burl is not too bad....once ya get used to what it likes to do. It's just like everything else I do....the first 6 months you throw alot of stuff in the burn pile :laughing: :laughing: Green it's beautiful to work with...Dry it tears and chips and eats up tools. I usually soak dry burls in a 50/50 soap/water solution for about 8 hours and then turn them. The detergent is absorbed into the cells and acts like a lubricant. After that it's smooth cutting. Jill dumped some smelly oil in one batch...The whole shop smell like fruity flowery stuff...:icon_wink:

Daren..I know Frank likes to leave those hunks of blm burl out in the sun to bake. If you rough turn and soak in the solution for about 4 hours you can take it out and finish turn it. It cuts down alot on the sanding. I've had green maple burl that I've rough turned and soaked for 4 hours and finished turned and finished. It has never cracked, and the soap seems to give a nice glow to whatever finish you use.
 

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Daren..I know Frank likes to leave those hunks of blm burl out in the sun to bake. If you rough turn and soak in the solution for about 4 hours you can take it out and finish turn it. It cuts down alot on the sanding. I've had green maple burl that I've rough turned and soaked for 4 hours and finished turned and finished. It has never cracked, and the soap seems to give a nice glow to whatever finish you use.
That is a good tip, I don't get to turn much burl. I usually turn green. I do turn some figure (curly mostly) wood that has been dried and tear out is an isue for sure even with SHARP tools. I may try that on some the the curly stuff too to see if it helps...can't hurt.
 

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You know, there is a sick elm tree across the street from me that has what I think are burls?...looks like big bumbs all over the main truck...really big. I will take a picture and see what you guys think. I might get to whack that tree down someday.
 
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