Canadian Woodworking

Maple Burl Bowl

Author: Rob Brown
Published: June July 2011

Dirk Hoogendoorn of Meaford, Ontario was given a maple burl by a local logger.

It had been laying around for a while and was dark and wet. Like all woodworkers, Dirk saw some potential in this interesting piece of wood.

“To best show the different colours and texture of the bowl, I came up with a design that still gives the outline of the burl with the irregular edges, yet also shows what the burl composition is,” Dirk says of his thoughts behind the turning process.

“Keeping this piece together as I tried to get the wall thickness down is probably the most challenging aspect of turning a form like this.” It took him about four hours to finish turning the bowl from rough burl and then he applied a few coats of finish.

Made by Dirk Hoogendoorn


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