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Turning a Cherry Burl

& Resin Bowl

November 6, 2018

I am brand new to bowl turning. This project is an attempt at figuring out how to do it on a gorgeous cherry burl that grew on the family farm.


Overall I am happy with the end result. The grain from that burl is just gorgeous, and there was enough left from the original log that I should get lots of pen blanks out of it. Knowing what I know now, I would have been more careful when cutting the bowl blank out of the log to maximize the size a little better.

I used resin that was a little passed its prime, so it set up with bubbles in it, which bums me out. I went through the full range of polishing pads twice on the resin portion, but it still ended up with scratches in it. If I could do it again, I would probably skip the resin all together and just leave a void in the side with that cool texture in it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this one. I understand why people get addicted to turning bowls now. I can’t wait to get started on another one.

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