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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-23-2015, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all - I have just been given a burl from a Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium or Tea Tree) tree here in New Zealand - I am told it is very rare to get one of these from this particular species - I have chain sawed it from the trunk it was attached to and have now mounted it on my lathe and have it balanced quite well - anybody out there got any good ideas as to what I can make from it (I am still very much in the learning stage of wood turning) Has anybody out there ever come across one of these burls before from this particular tree?) Here are some of photo's of it
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You will have to trim away the outside to find what Is inside. N
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Hi, Roger.
My best suggestion is: Send it to me, as you I am prety novice at woodturning. Ill pay the S&H fee.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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I trust it is thoroughly dry - some of those tree cancers can take years dry out.
IF it is dry (stable) a bit of a trim will reveal the structure and that should suggest something
Assuming you intend to turn it rather than carve it - it looks like you could get a reasonably good sized bowl out of it.
Also - it might be worth considering slicing it for veneer.

Let us know please

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Thanks guys - I think that this burl is still pretty wet as it only came down last week in a storm here in NZ (yes we do get storms) I would dread to think what the cost of shipping to Venezuela would be Papasombre so I think I will hang on to it - I think I will have a go at turning it into a rough shape first for a bowl as you suggest Peter from across the ditch - I will keep you posted as to what happens - thanks for the replies - Roger
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Sure would like to see pictures of it when you get it turned.
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Will post some photo's once I have had a chance to turn it - thanks for the interest - Roger
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Well I have made a start on turning the Manuka Burl that was given to me - like I said it is wet through so I have left a considerable amount of wood still untouched having said that I'm sure you can see that leaving some parts untouched will enhance it's beauty once finished - the colours emerging are quite stunning and I think the end result will look really good - here's where I've got to so far.
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And we used that as firewood when I was a kid.....sigh
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