MCW Sept 09 Demo
Sep 24, 2009Public
Photo: Members look on as Alan Hollar literally disassembles a burl and talks about how to use the various pieces.
Photo: Alan brought some serious burls and a table full of amazing finished pieces.
Photo: Finding the piece inside the burl can be a challenge.
Photo: How would you deal with a monster like this?
Photo: Alan has already made some preliminary cuts on this large cherry burl.
Photo: Here's how to find a nice, round bowl blank in it. Alan uses a circular disc of wood, or other material, with a nail in the center. The disc is nailed to the burl, and the disc is then used as a guide for chainsawing around.
Photo: The bottom half is still under consideration. He may strip the bark off green burls by first soaking them in water and then peeling.
Photo: Hal, Phil, Richard, and Michael look on in awe at some of Alan's turned and carved burls.
Photo: These pieces are worth a closer look...
Photo: ...and from another angle. Alan's rule of sanding is to sand and sand and sand until you think it's done ... and then sand for two more hours. Use the paper like somebody else bought it.
Photo: Alan's signature work involves carved integral legs on his turnings.
Photo: This amazing piece was carved, not turned. Sometimes a burl makes a better large carving than several smaller turned pieces.
Photo: For carving, Alan uses a chain tool for roughing and eventually a burr like this.
Photo: Wiping on a little water brings out the figure for us to see in this unfinished piece.
Photo: Alan shows another version of his signature carved legs with style.
Photo: Alan makes a very strong point that the important part of a natural-edge turning is the top and how it has been leveled and oriented. How the basic block has been cut out is not important.
Photo: Alan provides insights into both the use of burls...
Photo: ...and his thinking while designing and turning the pieces.
Photo: Alan knows his burl, and he is an excellent teacher. He proudly keeps the "art babble" to a minimum.
Photo: OK, lets say we have a burl that looks like this...
Photo: We can cut it like this...
Photo: ...and like this...
Photo: ...and like this... the smaller scraps of this valuable wood can be used for small pieces like bottle stoppers, pens, etc.
Photo: ...and in the middle sits this nice turning blank.