Look at these burrs!

21 September 2016, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve finally made progress with my stack of elm and sorted through a few of the logs. It’s been a long time since I’ve had timber this good, so thought I’d share the photo’s…

With some of the logs weighing over two tons, it’s been a slow and arduous task. Each pieces has to be reduced down to size, before I can even consider the blanks. With the choice bits processed and put to one side, I’ve then the next job to do – splitting a mountain of firewood!

So many trees in all shapes and sizes…


This large crotch of elm has a lovely burr on one side…


A few crucial cuts...


Sliced down the center and ready to be cut into blanks. It should make a selection of very large bowls…


The majority of the burrs will be turned into my natural edge designs. With thin walls and gnarly spikes, they should look quite impressive. The photo below shows some of these sections, which I’ve removed from the pile of logs…


After a bit of turning, I’ve roughed out some natural edge blanks…


The top image shows one of the larger pieces. More photo’s will follow, as I sort through the rest of the wood…

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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