More burr elm on the way

10 April 2012, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Walking through crow park in Whitehaven, I was surprised to come across this burry stump of an elm tree lying beside the path. It appears as though a long line of trees have been felled and about four of them are elms. This stump looks particularly nice and has an impressive growth of burr all down one side. I usually need to make a few phone calls before finding burr wood these days and certainly never stumble across it! Obviously, I never frequent the right places..

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 I’ve managed to contact the folk in charge and hope to move it soon – lets hope they accept my offer! The only issue will be moving it, since it is in a public park and not the best place for using a chainsaw. Sometimes the cost of using a contractor is not always worth it if there is only a small amount of timber. Anyway, with a bit of luck there should be some very nice natural edge burr elm bowls appearing on my website in about eight months time..

Jonathan Leech

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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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