Posted on February 10, 2015
A fine finished bowl form in North Queensland Red Bloodwood with almost complete natural edge. The piece features extensive natural perforation and exquisite random grain structure.
Completed: February 2015
Availability / Cost: Sold - AUD $1450
Dimensions: 36 cm x 28 cm x 9 cm
Materials: Wood - Red Bloodwood Burl (Corymbia intermedia)
Finish: Hybrid hand-rubbed epoxy / drying oil
I generally don't do a lot of work with burl timber … I find it too 'busy' and it ends up being that the nature of the wood overpowers the shape of the form. And, it is the form that I'm primarily interested in.
However, that doesn't mean that I 'won't' use burl wood and, to prove it, I have a healthy collection of cut burls to draw on. Needless to say, I tend to only buy burls that are stunning … if I am to use wood that will to be the main focus of the piece, it may as well be the best I can get.
The bloodwood burl from which this piece is created is definitely no exception. Bloodwoods exhibit a large amount of resin veining in the wood and they are always prominent in the burls … usually as more or less concentric rings. This burl is made even more stunning by the extensive piercing right through the mass of the wood.
Unlike perforations due to insect damage, the piercings seen in this burl are natural and conform to the grain structure and placement of the resin deposits … and are probably in fact caused by shrinkage of the resin as the tree grows leaving behind voids.
The bowl is quite fine with an average wall thickness around the rim of about 5mm or so. It is, therefore, delicate and does need to be treated with some care. This is one of those pieces that has lathe workers' ducking for cover when they fly apart on the lathe. The way that I work with an angle grinder, self-destruction of the piece is less of an issue but I do have to be very careful in working and handling not to break the almost crystalline structure of the burl wood.
I chose to keep the edges of the rim very square and hard because I really like the effect it gives to the ragged section of the natural edge. It's an almost mechanical edge to an otherwise very organic form.