Posted on March 26, 2008
Completed: March 2008
Availability / Cost: Sold - AUD $450
Dimensions: 24 cm x 19 cm x 55 cm
Finish: Hand rubbed oil | satin
Until 4 years ago when I cut this small burl, I had never seen an Ironbark burl. The tree carrying the growth was luckily on a friend's property, so permission was easily obtained to cut it off.
As soon as I touched the chainsaw to it, the blade sliced through the largely hollow burl. I knew this would be an exercise in stabilisation to keep this delicate piece of wood in one piece whilst I worked on it.
I shaped it within days of cutting and wrapped it in newspaper to promote slow drying. The rough shaped piece sat for several years before I worked on it again. Prior to finishing, I shaped the form down finer and reduced the base size.
The result was a stunning delicate natural-edged bowl.